Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My White Chippy Shabby Dome Top Trunk

My honey bought this 1800's, dome top, trunk for me when we first moved in together. It was something that he found on his own and knew that I would love. It's been filled with mementos that have been accumulating over our many years together.
  
I decided that it was ready for me to give it a makeover!

I took this pic of it just after I had roughed it up, a bit, with a light sand block.

This was the ugly, yellow, burlap lining that someone chose back in the mid 1900's.

 This was what I found underneath...a layer of old grey/blue/green paint...

and a Victorian, lady label!

Now, on with it's makeover...this is the fabric and trim that I chose to re-line it with.

I'm always looking to get a project done quickly and take all the shortcuts and easy ways to get things done, as long as it isn't something that I am looking to sell!

I started at the front edge of the trunk (without even cutting the fabric).
I fit one salvage edge of the fabric into the corner of the trunk.
 I turned the fabric under, to fit along the bottom of the trunk and stapled in in place as I went along continuing it up to the other side.

Then I made a cut of the fabric along the top, following the frame, folded it under and stapled it into place.

 At the next corner I marked a line (with a thin marker) and then cut the rest of the fabric all the way down, along the bottom and back up to the front of the trunk and then cut it and stapled away.

Then, all I had to do was to cut the two sides to fit and staple them in as well.
You may chose to measure each section and cut and staple as you go....I just chose to be imperfect and cheat!
And finally, I just hot glued the trim into place.


Now, I chose to not re-do the top...I hated to cover up my find because I kinda liked seeing the original bits of nostalgia.
 I just wish that I knew it's story!

I spent hours going through our old cards and letters and reminiscing my way through old keepsakes before putting it all back inside.

And guess what? I even found a long lost cameo inside. It belonged to my mentor, my dear, sweet Grandma Bea!







If you haven't met her, you can meet her here...
Beatrice Lillian Knuckey/Farnum



Okay, now, here is what I teased you with in my last post...
a little peek of the outside.

Prior to my painting, I used my gold, rub and buff on all of it's steel accent pieces for a little bit of glam.

Then, I dry brushed on my mix of white, chalk paint and wet distressed it to give it some appealing age and finished it with two coats of clear, paste wax.
(Wet distressing is to use a damp rag, gently, about a half an hour after the paint has set. Waiting too long will not work and too soon might take off more than you would like, so proceed with caution and try a small area first.)


A brief history.....

 This trunk was commonly called a ladies barrel back, dome top, camel back, or steamer trunk.  

This design was first made in the early 1800’s in Europe with this model being around 1869-70

The top was designed to prevent other luggage from being stacked atop them when used in traveling by ship to America, only the most elite people could afford to buy a camel back top trunk.  

It's design was continued in America because when the dome top was covered with tin it shed water well when traveling by stagecoach.

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 So, here it is!
It has a brand new, shabby look and I love it now more than ever!

It's back in place at the foot of our old bed waiting for some new additions to be tucked inside.

This was my "teaser" collage that I shared with you...I'm preparing my next post of our iron bed's re-do and other projects and vignettes from around the room. 

And here's one last teaser of the bed in our romantic retreat.

I'm sorry that you'll have to wait, 'til next week, to see it all...but,
I think it will be worth checking back in on!

  Love, Hugs and Kisses,
JP
and Gucci, too!
Can you see him? He's playing "peek-a-boo!

knickoftime

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Few Teasers from our Bedroom Re-do

I've been working on a lot of projects and have a little "teaser" for you!

It's a collage of our bedroom's re-do for our recent anniversary. I re-painted and "shabbified" our antique, cast iron bed and dome top trunk, made a little "LOVE" pillow, added a little something extra to our gold, vintage frame, made a new display above our bed and created new vignettes around the room.

So, here's my little "tease!"
Sorry, it's not much...I just want to create a few posts on each project and then post a final reveal of our romantic retreat!

  Love, Hugs and Kisses,
JP
and Gucci, too!
Can you see him? He's playing "peek-a-boo!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A White Chocolate Bunny Centerpiece

Wishing you all a very "Happy Easter" in what ever way you may celebrate. I hope that the sun will be shining to bring you a beautiful warm day of spring!

Today, I'm sharing my coffee table centerpiece with you, it's the last of my Easter decor.

My, dark chocolate, bunny started out with a really ugly paint job....he certainly wasn't going to blend in with our color scheme!
So, with a few coats of an off white paint.....

I turned him into "white chocolate!"

I gave him some ribbons and a few white buds...

and set him on top of my grandmother's, old, tole tray with some, pale green, hydrangea and gold foil eggs in a tiny, white washed, basket.


Last week I shared our mantel and wreath and Mom's old chair.

Next week I'll share my no sew additions to the pillows on our couches....I still have 3 more to do!

  Love, Hugs and Kisses,
JP
and Gucci, too!
Can you see him? He's playing "peek-a-boo!

A very special "thank you" to Stacey from staceyembracingchange for featuring this post on her great blog!


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Green & White Shabby Birds on Our Mantel

I really was going to wait to post our mantel reveal after I shared the DIY's on my nest and topiaries, but I'm jumping ahead and sharing it with you today instead!

Several months ago we painted two walls, in our living room, a soft, spring green. I wish my photos would show their true color. No matter how I adjust my camera or edit the pics I just can't get it right :(

I think you'll like my changes for the season, anyway...at least I do!

Do you like how the scripted butterfly landed on the trio of shabby green and white books? I just adore shabby, vintage books and butterflies always have a special meaning to me.




I shared a post on my super cheap spring wreath, last week, with my vintage frame. The link to it is at the end of this post.

I gathered birds from around the house to add them to the mantel.



I made twin topiaries for the candle sconces.

This, cast iron, cutie is hiding in it's nest inside my really old, antique, buttocks basket.

I'd love to paint the red brick white!

Faux, branches with buds drape the fireplace insert.

I made this nest in a nice big size and think it turned out really nice.

I always like to add some "glam!"

The butterfly is a very special, cherished ring.

Faux hydrangeas in white and green fill my, white washed, bushel basket.

I shared the post on Mom's old chair and wee basket last week, too.



Here's one last look with our, little boy, "Gucci"

and where is peeks out the window, too!



More on this wreath here!

 I think this look will be staying around for a while....."Honey" really likes it!

  Love, Hugs and Kisses,
JP
and Gucci, too!
Can you see him? He's playing "peek-a-boo!

I'm thrilled that this post was featured over @ staceyembracingchange and "thank you" Stacey!


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