Mimi Sue's Cottage

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson

Friday, September 3, 2010


I've had this trunk for a long long time. It was my grandpa's. He was born in 1890 and used it when he was in his 20's. So if you do the math, it's about 100 years old. Back in the late 70's, early 80's, I had a goose kitchen, slate blue wallpaper, and lots of oak furniture. If you're as old as me you probably did too. (or your mothers did!) We loved us some country decorating didn't we? About that time I decided to paint my grandpa's trunk. It was hideous, let's be honest, so it sat out in the garage.
Well, I needed an end table in our new playroom so I primed it with gray.

And painted it red with paint I already had. (Gray primer is supposed to be best under red)

I think it turned out pretty good. And now it'll be part of the family once again.


mimi said...

Hello :)
It has been some time since I have visited my friends in blogland. I thought I would take tonight to catch up. I love your trunk!! I have my Grandma's--- it is not as big as yours but very similar. Isn't is wonderful to have such a special family treasure.
Have a wonderful weekend

GRAMS said...

It turned out way cute. i have my grandpa's trunk and it looks pretty similar. Are you still going to CA? I want to play

cindy-todoslosninos.blogspot.com said...

That is so cool Mimi. Love your lamp too.


Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Oh, I absolutely love it red! I have always yearned for an old trunk like this and one day I'm going to find one. I don't see your email address. If you'll email me, I'll tell you have to fix your blog title above your banner.

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Well duh, now I see your email address. I was looking on your profile. I'll email you now.

Annie said...

I forgot about that trunk. I LOVE it red! I can't wait to see your new family room. Can't wait to see you in a couple of days!

Anne Fannie said...

Your chest came out might nice!
Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!
Hugs, Ann

Julie Harward said...

I would never have thought of doing this to an old trunk but this loos awesome! Love the red! :D

The Gathering Place said...

The trunk looks great. It will be nice to be reminded of a loved one.

Gayle said...

Looks great Sue! Are you storing lots of treasures inside? Hope you got my phone message about rug hooking at Kay's on Tuesday - would love to have you stop by!

Lallee said...

What a neat trunk! Family pieces are so special. I love it in the red. I didn't know that about gray primer for red paint. I hope I remember this tip since I love red!

Diane's Photography said...

Sue, you are so creative and I will say it again and again! haha...that trunk turned out sooooo cute, I love it!