I love old trunks, they're a beautiful decorative way to add extra storage in your home. I have several, one is a very old, it belonged to my husbands grandmother, and I love that we now have it. The other two I have are ones that I picked up at sales for almost no money. This one looks exactly as it did when I bought it and I used it for under the bed storage, but I decided to bring it out of hiding and use it in my decor.
I love that this one still has the leather straps that are almost always gone, over the years the leather dries out and just disintegrates. Years ago these were luggage pieces that people actually used when traveling, I can't imagine carting these heavy things around! But, in doing so, the stress from weight caused the straps to break and eventually fall off.
First I gave it two coats of primer, then painted it a creamy white, and I did it all by hand.....with a brush! I used a tiny brush to paint around all the detail, then used a larger brush to fill in. There's so much iron on it I thought I could get it done quicker that way, as opposed to taping it all off and spray painting it.
This house does not have any southern sun exposure so I don't do well with plants (yup, that's my excuse:) but I decided to put this trunk in the sunroom to set my Mother's Day plant on, hopefully it will get enough sun in here to survive!