Saturday, July 28, 2012
Soon members of his family joined in the effort forming Shwayder Bros. Trunk Co. One of their early trunk lines was named "Samson" as a marketing strategy to promote the strength of the trunk. Later products are the more commonly known Samsonite Luggage and soon the small company grew to become the largest travel bag and case producer in the world. This is one of their early trunks marked "SAMSON" on the hardware. The lock say Excelsior which was a common maker of locks for these trunks.
Someone in a desperate bid to open up this big boy pried up the lid with I assume a crow bar breaking the bottom part of the lock and pulling the entire front out so the latches didn't line up. With the help of my husband we lined the front latches up and were able to shut and latch the trunk. Metal and wood have a memory and I was hoping that by re-latching and some gentle persuasion with a rubber mallet this fellow would remember it's original shape. Then I gave this trunk a thorough washing which revealed that the steel was originally a deep blue. I was able to reveal some of the brass but most of the
trunk was quite rusty but still solid. A little more pounding with the rubber mallet and I let him sit, latched, over night. The next day I was pleased to find that this trunk was beginning to remember and opened and shut with minimal effort from myself and every day since has improved. While I don't ever think it'll work perfectly it's working quite well given his age. I wanted to let the blue show through so I used only one coat of my custom mixed chalk paint in Old White.
for an overseas adventure. I'm sure it suited it's owner well back in its youth and can again be a beloved item in someone's home. This steamer trunk would be an excellent addition to any home decor use it for storage or as a coffee table, at the end of you bed for an brilliant bench with storage. No shabby chic home is complete with out an antique steamer trunk. Visit my Etsy store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/TreChicDesigns
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clamps and I'm spending my summer at their lake home. Yippee for me. As seems to be my habit I forgot to take a proper before picture these before's are after I painted a single coat on the legs but you get the gist.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Not to be a big bragger but isn't this steamer trunk just gorgeous!!! I am so in love with this transformation! I wish I could show you before pics but well I forgot to take them, I know what a shocker right?!? I picked up this big fella at a local auction, I'm pretty sure it had sat abandoned in a musty basement for at least a decade. I'm sure there were intentions of restoring but I can see where someone would get intimidated. The metal was rusty and the fabric was torn and worn. Not to mention the paper lining was also crumbling and very fragile. In addition to that just the size of this bad boy, 35"x22"x19", is enough to scare off any creative plans. But this shabby lady has been looking for a project to spread my wings, so after much chin scratching and a request from an Esty customer for a distressed old white trunk I began. After a thorough scrubbing I re-hammered all the tacks and replaced some missing tacks. I used Mod Podge to coat the fabric that cover the metal portions of this style trunk. The fabric was very worn and even torn in some spot and the Mod Podge worked well to seal the holes and tack the fabric down. I have to pat myself on the back for this idea. It worked like a dream. I then applied a custom mixed Old White chalk paint to the entire outside of this trunk. Now it was time to hand sand for distressing. I love the way the rust tannins spot their way through the white paint, its adds so much depth to the distressing. I brushed out the interior and then vacuumed up the debris. I then made a mixture of Mod Podge, turquoise chalk paint and water, using this mixture I pasted down the loose and lifting original paper lining. I coated the entire interior with this mixture to give the paper lining strength and to seal it. I love the look and was so glad I thought to do it. If you're going to do this I really thinned down the Mod Podge paint mixture. There is an detailed border on the inside of the lid that would have been a shame to cover. Now the entire trunk was ready for a hand waxing with clear paste wax. I waxed inside and outside. I then used a black paste wax lightly applying to enhance the texture and antique. I am again especially in love with the inside of this trunk the wrinkles and the cracks in the paper really worked well with the black wax. The entire piece was again waxed for a 3rd time with a clear paste wax ensuring a silky smooth protective surface. The middle locking latch is not functional due to the fact that this trunk didn't come with a key but the side latches are in full working order. There are 3 functional casters on the bottom of this trunk and one broken caster that I covered with a small furniture slider that you can choose to remove if you desire. I like to think that this is a well traveled trunk, that it rode on trains across country or even crossed the ocean for an overseas adventure. I'm sure it suited it's owner well back in its youth and can again be a beloved item in someone's home. This steamer trunk would be an excellent addition to any home decor use it for storage or as a coffee table, at the end of you bed for an brilliant bench with storage. No shabby chic home is complete with out an antique steamer trunk. This item has been sold! But it's still really lovely!!!
Monday, June 11, 2012
So check this out I discover this site in the Etsy blogs the other day and its really fun. As an Etsy shopper you get to vote on which item you like best with in a pre-set price range. As a shop owner you get to submit which of your items you want in the contest. Here's a couple screen shots.
So here is what the voting page looks like. The Big Etsy Contest pits 2 items for sale on Etsy against each other and YOU vote. It's really cool and very fun WARNING it is also addicting. Before you know it time has flown by while you were deciding winners.
Big Etsy Contest also puts up a page of winners for you to check out. They have the winners listed daily and monthly.
Shop owners is super easy to signup just go to http://etsycontest.com/signup.php and type in your shop name. They pull up your information and you choose what item you want in the contest and what days work best for what you have its that easy!!! And you listing is hyper-linked within the picture.
I entered https://www.etsy.com/listing/98271663/shabby-chic-ornate-oval-mirror-hand and had 30 wins which had me winning 45% of my contests. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. My mirror was in the contest on May 2nd and for the month of May it had 228 views and 11 favorites. I give lots of credit to The Big Etsy Contest.
So Check it out, it's fun and you might find the item of your dreams!
Check out this amazing find! It's my favorite find so far. I have never seen something like this before. I am really excited to get working on it. I'm thinking about painting it white and distressing. I was also kicking around the thought of replacing the clock with a mirror. Thoughts?So I'll be checking back in with updates and new pictures. Let's see some comments I love the comments. Share your idea's and thoughts.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Live action before and after happening right here right now. I recently acquired 2 very interesting pieces. A vintage end table and this extremely interesting clock. So I thought I would share their transformation with you guys while it happens. So here's the table and as per usual I forgot the "real" before. When I realized oops I forgot pic's I ran to the garbage and pulled that contact paper back out and smoothed it on to the table. LOL! But seriously who puts contact paper on their table? Crazy! Also this table was filthy. I had to scrub the crevices with a tooth brush. So it's now all clean and ready for some paint.
I choose a Spring Green color chalk paint. As usual I'm always looking for your feedback. Please comment with your thoughts and share your ideas. What projects are you working on?
Are you reading for the final results???
Ok I'm pretty excited I tried 2 new techniques with this table. First I mixed a little of the original paint and a couple drops of black paint in with my clear paste wax. The color turned out like old guacamole that needs to be tossed LOL. Gross right, but it's been in all our fridges at some point. Any how, I applied the 1st coat of dark wax the normal way wax on, wax off. (remember dark was after coat of clear wax) With the 2nd coat I applied it in long strokes that accentuated brush strokes. And holy crap did it look so very cool, I mean really I was so impressed. I am so totally going to be doing this again.