Old Trunk Gets a New Life

updated and reimagined trunk from Front Porch Mercantile

updated and reimagined trunk from Front Porch Mercantile

I love an old trunk don’t you?

I imagine the story behind it, where has it been, what journeys has it been on?

I loved this trunk when I found it. It was in excellent shape inside and out but it was asking for a fresh new update.Trunk update Front Porch Mercantile

I have the hardest time picking colours. Really I do. I posted this picture on InstaGram (are you following me on Instagram? I love Instagram) anyhoo….I asked and boy did you give me some great ideas.

I was originally going to paint it white and light, but then we received an order of the new Robyn’s Egg Fat Paint AND Pistachio. I loved them both and could not decide. So I mixed the 2 colours and voila – gorgeous yummy colour. Perfect!! (Did you know you could mix Fat Paint to make any colour you want? You totally can). Cool right?

I cleaned this piece well and just started painting. No sanding, no stripping of anything, just opened the can, dipped in the brush, and started painting. Paint wood, metal, fabric and leather all with Fat Paint

I painted the whole trunk – the sides that were covered in fabric, the leather straps, the metal clips, the wood – everything! (yup – everything) Two coats, a heavy handed distressing and a finish coat of our new awesome amazing oh-my-god-I-love-it FLAT Fat Top Coat (available SOON here at Front Porch Mercantile) and she was done!

Beautiful reimagined trunk - fresher and cleaner in Fat Paint custom colour of Robyn's Egg and Pistachio - at Front Porch Mercantile

This top coat is used to protect your Fat Paint instead of using Wax. Did you hear that. I love the look of waxed furniture, but sometimes, SOMETIMES, I just want to have a little more protection, and I want something easy peasy. (I know some of you know what I’m talking about) This is THE BOMB (do people still say that? I mean its totally rad, they probably don’t say that either? um, Ok, let’s try super-awesome-and-I-love-it) It goes on like a poly with a brush or roller, its super flat, no voc’s, no smell and easy to use. Perfect protection for pieces that will get a little more wear and tear. I picture this trunk as a possible coffee table at a cottage or end or side table, no need to be fussy around this piece.

I love how it turned out. What do you think? I’m having a hard time not taking it to the cottage. Have you heard about my cottage project thats starting soon? Oh boy..I’m soon going to be driving you nuts with my cottage reno, more on that later…for now (before I change my mind ha ha) this pretty new trunk is on the shop floor waiting for its new owners.

update: here she is in her new home, LOVE it. (photo by The Designers Den Interiors by Shawn LeBlanc) 


Beautiful Painted Trunk Front Porch Mercantile

Have a fab day friends!




Wendy, John + Front Porch Lifestyle

Wendy, John + Front Porch Lifestyle