Asked on Aug 15, 2014

Help with decorating ideas

Pam Bednar-Huff
by Pam Bednar-Huff
I have this awesome antique box that is over 5 feet long. I want to decorate it for Fall i.e. open the hinged lid and maybe do a faux raised bottom and use raffia, pumpkins etc inside of it. Any ideas?
q wood trunk makeover decorating ideas fall, painted furniture
  19 answers
  • Hannah V Hannah V on Aug 15, 2014
    @Crystal @ Urban Patina did a paint job on a trunk that would be perfect for what you're going for!

  • Irish53 Irish53 on Aug 15, 2014
    If there are no small children to worry about then yes open it and fill with a false bottom and loads of fall real and artificial pumpkins squash and corn . Otherwise a fall table runner. Center large pumpkin and then working out from the both sides out to continue with smaller and smaller all kinds of smaller squashes. Put potted mums half way down the lines of fall squashes ending with the smallest pumpkins and squashes to the end of box. Corn stalks can be laid lengthwise along the back of the box or in tall vase on the sides.

  • Irish53 Irish53 on Aug 15, 2014
    NOW FOR CHRISTMAS! With box closed A different holiday runner. Table size tree in center. Small gift boxes wrapped scattered under tree. A container for holiday cards halfway to edge of box on both side of tree. Can be sleige or something else holiday theme. Or maybe two shallow bowls filled with tree balls or candy for company. OR Wreath on wall instead of tree and have boughs of holly coming down from wreath.

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    • Chris Chris on Aug 16, 2014
      @Irish53 Love these ideas Irish53 but being a Decorative painter I would love some painted work on the box or just on table runners that can be changed for the season. I do particularly LOVE your Christmas idea though

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Aug 15, 2014
    Oh how I love the October pumpkins! I love them from hammered metal to glitter to re-purposed sweaters, to jar lids. But get a clay or foam one and paint it hot pink for Breast Cancer Month! I put a lot of cuties on my mantle and in the middle of them is a big pink pumpkin!

  • Pam Bednar-Huff Pam Bednar-Huff on Aug 15, 2014
    Thanks everyone for such great ideas! The tack? box is so long but I just love it! I can't wait to implement everyone's suggestions!

  • Donna Byram Donna Byram on Aug 16, 2014
    Fill a glass vase with coffee beans and a candle for a nice aroma to your fall decor. You could tie a burlap ribbon around the vase. Also I like the painted wooden candy corn decor to go along with the pumpkins and of course some pretty mums.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Aug 16, 2014
    Please don't paint as someone suggested! I'd do a top decoration; I't long and wide enough to put pumpkins, etc. on the top or any other seasonal vignette. That way you don't have to move anything out of the inside. What a great storage unit!

  • Patty Holmes Patty Holmes on Aug 16, 2014
    I totally agree with Marion Nesbitt. Please don't paint such a beautiful piece of furniture. Do something on top or inside but it's beautiful as it is.

  • Janis Gibson Janis Gibson on Aug 16, 2014
    I'd wrap the top lid in burlap securing inside with some duct tape to give it texture. Start with a large item as your focal point to the side, metal wagon perhaps or wheelbarrow, to fill with a load of pumpkins and then items relating to fall of various sizes and shapes spilling out to give it texture. It's a lovely piece and can be decorated every season. Good luck!

  • Sar368161 Sar368161 on Aug 16, 2014
    If it's for Halloween, what about a Mummy in a coffin?

  • Jjaycee Jjaycee on Aug 16, 2014
    I agree this should not be painted. That's just me though. I am very much in the minority as far as not being in favour of covering beautiful Oak and Birch Kitchen Cabinets with paint. This chest has a bad stain on the front right corner though, and looks badly scratched. The finish would have to be sanded down to paint so I would be hoping to salvage the wood look. Only failing at that, would I go for painting.

  • Dee Williamson Dee Williamson on Aug 16, 2014
    Oh I like Irish53's ideas! Wouldn't paint it either. But there are so many ways to decorate! I'd love to have a trunk like this.

  • Chatty Larson Chatty Larson on Aug 16, 2014
    Do not paint it it will lose it's character. Another Idea is making a cushion for the top to also use it as a window seat.

  • Patti Lemaire Patti Lemaire on Aug 16, 2014
    I have a similar box and I display my wooden bird houses and some antique candle sticks on it and store my craft supplies inside.

  • Colleen Colleen on Aug 16, 2014
    For this box,restain it with a good wax finish. I'm a practical person so I agree with a cushion on top. A cushion cover could be changed for each season.

  • Pam Bednar-Huff Pam Bednar-Huff on Aug 16, 2014
    Oh my! So many responses!! I, too, am from the school of not painting! But, I do love all the suggestions on decorating! With so many great ideas I can change and try them all! Thanks everyone, I knew you would come through1

  • Bibi Sweet67 Bibi Sweet67 on Aug 17, 2014
    I would try putting some type of legs at the bottom for height then decorate the top or inside of the box.

  • Kelly S Kelly S on Aug 18, 2014
    It would be an awesome tricked out casket for Halloween with black crepe paper, cloth, spider webs etc. Don't paint it, drape it with fabric.

  • Very sweet and festive idea. I would treat it like it was the back of a pick up and place some faux hay bales inside and then load it up with mums and pumpkins and few of those cute metal signs.