I am big fan of up-cycling furniture -- mostly with decent quality paint. Here's a cedar-lined trunk that I picked up at a second hand resale shop for $40. (...haggled... original price was $50 -- cash is king!)
Painted Furniture! ...cedar-lined Trunk
Here's the original trunk. Oak?
I picked out a satin finish Valspar paint. ...needed just a quart (have tons leftover!)
Color: "Luna" -- a very light, soft green
Propped up trunk on drop cloth... so that I could paint all the way to bottom. (I've also used vegetable cans for this step.)
First coat! ...applied to clean surface. (...I just used Windex.)
To paint around catch-lock, I used a Q-tip. BTW: in this photo, I noticed that I had paint drips on the "flower" design... I cleaned those up with a stroke or two of the brush.
After second (last) coat. The Valspar (paint + primer) covered very well!
Voilà! ...my "new" trunk (for watercolor art supplies.). I love its Shabby-Chic/Art Deco look! :-)
- Quart of paint+primer ($20 at Lowes)
- Brushes, drop cloths, gloves (garage)