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Monday, January 17, 2011

My new favorite...

Every time I think I've made my favorite piece, something new pops up.  So my new favorite piece is a trunk that I found at my local thrift store for $35.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  As a matter of fact, it sat in my garage for a good 2 months before I even touched it.  Anyway, I had been looking for a trunk type thing to be my coffee table because we always like to have blankets on the couch and I like to have a place to put them away once we're finished with them.  I had looked and looked and finally given up and refinished myself a different type of table and was pretty much satisfied with it.  Until I finished this trunk.  I just new I couldn't sell it because it belonged in my living room holding my blankets!  So now I've got my old refinished coffee table for sale on CL.  Here is a before picture of it when I brought it home.



and here are some after shots:
 


    
I decided that I wanted to go with a salmon color so I painted the entire thing with that color.  Then I wasn't really feelin' it (does that ever happen to you?)  So I knew I wanted to mute the color and I couldn't make up my mind on what color I wanted on the top because I thought it would look too plain to all be the same color.  That is when I decided to use the Martha Stewart paint samples that I got from Home Depot.  All colors for $4!  What a steal!  Only they wouldn't ship to Hawaii :( go figure!  So I sent out a FB plea asking if anyone would be willing to order these for me and then mail them to me in Hawaii.  Luckily, a great friend and my Dad came through for me and I got 2 sets!<3.  Anyway...back to the subject. After I painted all of the squares I dry brushed on some separate colors on top followed by a streaky stain treatment.  NOW I was feelin' it!!  lol.  It sure does add a punch of color to my living room.  I knew it would.  And my blankets now have a new home :)

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30 comments:

  1. This trunk is truly awesome. I absolutely love the top,all of the colors work great!

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  2. That is gorgeous! The next time you do something like that, you'll have to make a tutorial, the top is stunning! Stop by anytime for a visit! I'm slowly starting on my blog.

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  3. What a fun and rewarding project. I'm sure it brings cheer to the room! Hugs, Heidi

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  4. great looking trunk! hope you'll take a peek at my blog:

    paintedfresh.blogspot.com

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  5. I love it! I would love to have that in my house.

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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  6. Wow that is fabulous lady! Great idea on the paint samples. I will definitely have to use that trick lol.

    Curious though did you tape off the lines to get those squares? Because they sure look darn straight.

    Deb @ DejaRenew.blogspot.com

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  7. Gosh I wish I could find awesome pieces like this on my local CL! That's gorgeous :)

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  8. That top is amazing! Looks like a lot of work...but beautiful!

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  9. the chest turned out beautiful. very unique..

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  10. The paint design is really cute. Paint is a wonderful thing. Check out my free cabinet. http://mmbcreations.blogspot.com/2011/01/wood-wednesday-stereo-redo.html

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  11. So fun! Love the mix of colors.
    Angie

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  12. Great job, it looks gorgeous:-)
    Hugs, Biljana

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  13. Great transformation. That took some extra work painting all those different colored squares. Thanks for linking up this week.

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  14. Thank you for the compliments. Deb, yes I taped off the squares :)

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  15. Dayna! I so love finding people that have the same addiction, I mean passion, as me! LOL! I redo furniture too! This trunk of yours is GREAT! I really love what you did with it. I often get pieces and let them sit around for weeks too until something just hits me! I look forward to seeing more of your stuff :D Mary http://thedecorativepaintbrush.blogspot.com

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  16. that is so fun and unique~ you did a fabulous job! i love the patchwork of colors on top!

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  17. Well I can definitely see what it is your new favorite piece! How creative and one of a kind....Love it...

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  18. This is gorgeous! I love the square design!! :)Thanks for linking it up at Sassy Sites for our Trash to Treasure Tuesday! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo!

    Marni

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  19. I would never have thought of using paint samples, but it looks great!

    I would love to have you link up again this week.

    http://blessingsoverflowing.blogspot.com/2011/01/fix-it-up-friday-burlap-covered-box.html

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  20. Oh wow, this is one of my faves too! Outstanding job!

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  21. Thanks so much for linking up!

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  22. I love the colors that you used. It's very cool and it looks perfect for stashing throws! Great job! JenT

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  23. LOVE this, and love that it can also store blankets! Fabulous! I'm a new follower!

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  24. Just darling! And, yes, I seem to always start one way and then stand back, look at it, and go 'nah'. Love the colorful squares!

    Would love for you to drop by and link up to Passion for Paint this weekend.

    http://MuralMaker1.blogspot.com

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  25. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) You can see it here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/checkered-trunk/

    Thanks for the great idea!

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  26. I LOVE the fun projects you have done. Thanks for the heads up about your blog...I'm now a follower!

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  27. This trunk is very nicely done but it is not the one in the picture for Transformation Thursday...it's the diamond one that I would love to see.

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