Travelling trunk and Christmas cards

For a couple of hours yesterday afternoon, the sun came out, meaning that thanks to the greenhouse effect of the bay window in our front room, the part of the room just in that patch of sunlight was the warmest place in the house. It seemed a good time therefore to embark on a project that I’ve been meaning to do for months: painting the trunks.

When we moved into this house in August, we brought with us two wooden travelling trunks that came from the attic of my great aunt’s house, which is currently being emptied (she moved into a nursing home two years ago but her house was very full!) Both of the trunks had been used by my great-uncle’s uncle (this could get confusing) when he was out in South Africa pre-Great War, and one was subsequently used by my great-uncle when he went away to school. Both of them are fairly plain (we also have a lovely canvas-slatted one that has to be aired before we bring it inside) but I still took a shine to them. Bearing in mind that our house has no storage space whatsoever they are coming in handy for hiding away some of our clutter, and they are also both in use as tables. The only problem is that they are (were) both pretty tatty looking, one being a murky brown and the other a swamp green shade. No problem…a splash (or so) of ‘French Turquoise’ and one at least is transformed!

I hope to get some silver or dark copper paint for the handles, and at some point I’ll probably do a bit of stencilling, but it looks so much better already! And it was lovely and warm in the sun… Here’s the trunk this morning (the cards are all out because I thought it was time to gather up all the ones I’d made over the past couple of weeks from their various resting places!)

And to end, here’s a pic of the papercut card I made last night. I like the wonky style, I think it has a slight ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ quality. And as soon as I get some more batteries for my camera, this will be going on sale in my shop if you’re interested!

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