I did not go paint-shopping, because we had gallons of paint in the garage from our house's previous occupants, and it was a lovely off-white color. I also decided to use some fingernail polish to update the woven section and the handles. I decided on a "mixed metals" look.
|My high-tech painting station all set up.|
The first step was to paint the whole box in that off-white color. I knew that's what I wanted the main part of the box to be, and I figured it'd make the new colors for the woven part show up better. I used a rolled-up old sock to lay down the base coat as it covered a wide area, and because I am thrifty and wasn't going to spring for a new brush if I had something at home that worked just as well. (They call that "upcycling" now, right? :P) After slapping down two thick coats to cover the black, I put one more over the top with an actual sponge-brush, and somehow managed to get this wood-grain-esque texture to the paint. It looks pretty darn spiffy, if I may say so myself.
|Base coat and handles painted.|
I picked silver for the handles, and then I ran out of that silver polish, so the rest of the "silver" on the box is actually a glittery gunmetal color. It makes the handles stand out, plus it's a neat color.
|Top in progress.|
When it came to the woven part, I had a coppery color, a silver, and a gold. As it happens, the gold one that I had was so old that it dried out, and I haven't found a suitable replacement yet. Anyway, individually painting all the little woven parts took days. I could only paint for a little bit at a time because nail polish is stinky (go figure, haha) and even in a well-ventilated area, I got a little loopy. As a result, I've still only finished the top, with the front still to go. I'm totally skipping the back of it, though. You know what? I may even skip the gold. I think it looks really nice as-is (apart from the front still being all-white).
The trunk currently resides in a little corner by our front door, and holds our shoes.
Do you have a DIY project that you want to do, or have completed? Tell me about it in the comments! I love sharing tips and ideas. :)