Painted/Distressed Trunk…Before & After

My husband Matt made this trunk in shop class in high school.  As you can see below, it was made out of knotty pine.  I have always loved it…it’s very sturdy, and has a lot of storage space inside…plus, Matt made it.  As much as I loved the trunk in its original form, it just didn’t fit in with our home’s decor.  I have been begging him to let me paint it for years, and last week, he finally gave in!!!  Now it lives in our family room, and we love, love, love it!
I love to give old furniture new life, and it is so super easy.  I just lightly sanded the entire trunk, then primed it.  I then painted it…it took 2 coats to look exactly the way I wanted.  Finally, I took some sand paper and distressed it a little.  I didn’t mess with the hardware, because some of the screws were stripped, and I didn’t want to take the chance of damaging the wood around it.  I hope this sweet little trunk inspires you to drag in an unwanted piece of furniture from your garage or attic and give it new life!
I’m Jessica, a mom on a mission to show other women that you can live well without breaking the bank. I like to share the thrifty, creative ways that I make changes in my home in the hopes that it will spark the creativity in someone else! I love to share DIY projects, crafts, simple recipes and cleaning tips too!


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    Jessica, Thanks so much for linking at Sunday’s Best, I noticed your picture on your link didn’t work. If you want please resubmit to everyone can see your lovely trunk, and I will delete the first one.

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    What a nice husband you have! I keep asking mine if I can paint our coffee table and it’s a big fat NO. Someday, he’ll cave. I’m pretty annoying. :) I love the white, distressed look! Does hubs like it , too? Great job!


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