Normally when we travel, I can’t wait to hit every single antique store, thrift shop, and yard sale we drive by, but I was ridiculously well-behaved when we traveled to and from New Mexico last week. I didn’t go to a single yard sale, and only stopped at a handful of antique stores, and from those stores, I only bought a few things.
I seriously amazed myself at my self-discipline, because I found several really cool things, and had carried them up to the cashier, then changed my mind and took them back. One was some old car bench seat springs, and the other was a vintage metal cabinet with a clock on the front. It originally was used as a stand for a roaster oven.There’s a possibility I’ll kick myself later for not buying them, but I both were fairly large and would have taken up a good deal of space in our Jeep, and I couldn’t think of what I would do with them, so I talked myself out of them.
One thing I did buy that I love is this wooden antique trunk. It actually came from a thrift store, and my husband is the one who spotted it. He said, “go to the back of the store, and there’s a green trunk I’m pretty sure you’ll want.
Does he know what I’ll like, or what?
If the wood didn’t convince me, the galvanized lid on it did. It was definitely going home with me, but I felt justified in getting it, because although it is pretty heavy, and least it earned it’s space in the Jeep because it could hold other things.
Its only real fault was that it had a hunk of wood broken off one side. That wasn’t enough to talk me out of it, but I knew I would need to give it a makeover so the broken piece wouldn’t be so obvious.
I loved that green color, which was almost an exact match to my antique kitchen stove, so I was bummed to paint over it, but since it needed it, I removed the lid and painted it white. I contemplated using another color, but since I wasn’t sure exactly where or how I would use it, I figured white was a safe choice that would work in any room.
Since the aged finish of the wood was covered with fresh paint, I wanted to return some vintage character to it, and Mr. Goodfellow helped me out! (stencil available here).
Since the stencil was larger than the space on the trunk, and I didn’t want to cut my stencil, I just taped it in place to keep it in position, then held each section down, so it would lay flat as I painted over it.
It worked perfect.
You’ll notice I didn’t use the entire stencil design. I just used the upper portion with the Goodfellow name, and the lower portion with “St. Louis” on the bottom edge of the trunk.
There were holes on the sides where it originally had handles, so I picked up a few and attached them, so it would be easier to move around, because it is fairly heavy.
I started out without any idea how I’d use this trunk, but my Silhouette machine was sitting on my kitchen table where I’d been using it, and as soon as the trunk was finished, I realized it would make a great place to store both the machine and my vinyl supplies.
I screwed strips of elastic inside the lid to hold rolls of vinyl, and added a cup hook to hold packages of new blades.
That machine has been taking up much-needed space in my kitchen cabinet, but I didn’t want it sitting out in plain sight, so I’m happy to have found a way to store it. I can leave the trunk sitting right on my counter with the machine inside, and no one would ever know it. I can just put it on top of the trunk when I’m ready to use it. I love coming up with ways to store things that fit in with the rest of my home, rather than buying something straight from the store that doesn’t have any personality at all.
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