Sunday, July 10, 2011

Trunk Makeover and Napkin Pillows

I have a really old trunk. I remember it full of old clothes and dolls at my grandparent's house. It was my great-grandpa's. The orginal lid broke somewhere along the way and he made a "new" one for it. When my grandparent's downsized, it ended up at my parent's house. When I moved I took it with me. It moved from North Dakota to Colorardo and back to North Dakota. Depending on where it's been in the house, it's held board games and blankets. I can't imagine our house without it.

I have no idea what the original color was or if it was even painted before it made it to my grandma's house. It was painted a sage green when I took it from mom and dad's, and I covered the top with some batting and cream fabric with leaves on it. (No pictures, sorry!)

Then, when we re-decorated our basement, I painted it again and recovered it with a faux animal print. It was going in the "man cave" and I had recovered the poker table chairs with the same fabric.

Well, now that we are in our new house, it's time to change it up again.

After taking the lid off, I got all the necessary tools together to take the old fabric off. And yes, wine is a necessary tool for just about every project I do. In the winter, it's red and in the summer it's white.

And, of course I had to get my Emily Henderson fix in too.

A little paint and fabric later, and here it is transformed!

Isn't it amazing what a little paint and a yard of fabric can do?

The pillows on the chairs were a recent project too. As I was wondering around Burlington Coat Factory, I saw these great napkins.

See the price tag?

I had planned on making some pillows out of the pillows that came with our new couch. So, when I saw the color and the pattern on these napkins, I couldn't resist. I bought four of them. 

And turned this:

Into two of these:

For a whopping $8. Woo hoo!

All I did was put right sides together and sewed three sides shut, stuffed them with the old pillow stuffing and sewed up the last side. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.

We are slowly working on the family room and I have some other ideas and projects on my list of things to do to add more color and fun to the room.  

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  1. I love the colour as well as the fabric choice. I redid an old trunk yesterday too.

  2. so cute! Love the fabric on the trunk and the pillows!

  3. Looks great, I love the fabric and napkins you chose for your projects! Thanks so much for visiting DIY Addict so I could visit you too!


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