She's a true vintage beauty that really WAS used for shipping. You can tell by the address painted on her. Not the Paris address, but to the gentleman below. Wouldn't it be fun to peek into the history of her travels!?
This trunk's character and sturdiness instantly caught my eye. Oh, the potential...
But a facelift, some TLC and a renewed purposed was desperately needed.
Which brings me to a twist in the trunk's journey.
A wonderful organization recently held their second annual "Laughter is the Best Medicine" Foundation Gala. Funds raised during this event go directly to the Emergency Room Enhancement Fund at our local Carrington Health Center. Last year there were 1800 patient visits to our ER and the foundation's goal this year was to improve the ER to offer better privacy to patients.
So I gave the trunk it's facelift, added some legs for a coffee table refunction, and gave her a new (pretend) destination to Paris.
Donated on behalf of the JunkFest Girls for the Gala Silent Auction, here she is...
I always feel as though I neglect the vendors (and shoppers) when posting about JunkFest. But I gotta tell you....
THEY ROCK OUR WORLD!
Here's a picture heavy post, but only a taste of what JunkFest vendors have to offer you. You see I ran around and snapped what pics I could as the vendors were just starting to get set up. Then I had just a moment later to try to catch them in action with the shoppers.
Problem. There were SO MANY SHOPPERS I couldn't even get positioned to get good pictures! So I sincerely apologize to the vendors not included here....because you are all SO awesome!
Vendor packets will be going out soon. Would you like to join us? Check out the VENDOR tab at the top of the page for info.
You're going to find so much more than these pictures even show. Besides home decor and furniture, you'll find jewelry, pie, hand crafted items of all kinds, crocheted loveliness, produce, antiques, good junk, and So. Much. More. And did I say PIE ?!
These are the gals from Closet Charm. They hosted a fashion show for our Friday Evening Event....fabulous!
Check out those wheels! That would be the BAND! That'll be another post. ;)
Don't forget about the food vendors. YUM.
Oh and by the way, whoever snagged this sweet workbench....I'm totally jealous of you!!
Who's up for another before & after? The inspiration for my dresser face lift came from Pinterest (who else?) only I didn't follow the link all the way back for the how-to. I figured the visual alone was all I needed. Alas, I was visually mislead. The pin I saw for this dresser had a caption with it that read "lace front drawers" or something like that.
Cool idea, right? I thought so too. I had just the dresser in mind and set out to transform her.
Don't let the dust and filthy antlers scare you. The dresser has been sitting in storage for a bit, although there has been a time or two when my house has been less than spotless (wink wink). The antlers also underwent a transformation and now reside in some lucky gal's home...possibly holding jewelry. Yay for dead deer! Anyway.....the dresser. So I knew I wanted to try ASCP in Coco, which was similar to the Pinterest dresser.
After two coats had dried, I measured the drawer fronts to determine where I wanted to place the trim pieces. Here's a hint for you....the big box home stores do not carry wood trim petite enough for some of the smaller dresser drawers out there. I ordered mine online from a doll house hobby site. I have since seen tiny decorative trims at JoAnn fabrics? Who knew? You do now.
After measuring the trim and attaching it to each drawer with wood glue and brads, I measured the lace and glued it inside the trimmed area with a layer of Mod Podge. Another hint: Very flat, petite (word of the day) fine lace can be hard to find. I found this in the bridal section at JoAnn's, right after discovering that wee dollhouse trim!
Bridal lace is ridiculously expensive. Just sayin.
It was about at this point during the project that I decided to follow the link on Pinterest for this dresser. Good idea. But kind of late. The original poster used textured paintable wallpaper, not lace. Of course she did! Whatever. Too late now.
Besides, I think that over-priced lace is pretty.
After coating the dried lace with 2 coats of the Coco chalk paint, I painted the trim pieces with ASCP in Old White. I think it sets the drawers off nicely.
Then came the clear wax to seal the deal, along with some previously loved vintage glass knobs. Icing on the (bridal?) cake! Here she is below at her JunkFest debut.
Pretty darn similar to the Pinterest dresser, wouldn't you say?
And for the record, the Pinterest dresser does look like lace, yes? I may have been visually duped, but I'm not bitter. I still love you Pinterest!