There has been a trunk passed around my family for many years. My mom talks about watching it pass around her younger sisters, eventually end up back in her house for her kids, and now it is mine for my kids. For many years now, it has been the trunk that houses all things Barbie. Barbie clothes, furniture, etc. My mom has kept all the Barbie toys that my sisters and I once had as kids for her grandkids. The problem with this trunk? Well for me, it was an ugly black color. I wanted to spruce it up and make it Barbie friendly using the new method of DIY Chalk Paint I learned from a reader. I did, however, run into a few bumps along the path as I attempted my Barbie Silhouette Trunk makeover. Let’s start from the beginning:
It was black.
I could tell that there was a paint color underneath the black that someone had painted over, but I had no idea what exactly I was up against. I got out my sander and began unveiling the years of love this trunk has seen. It was a lot of work. After an hour of sanding, this is as far as I had gotten:
Pretty sad huh? There were so many layers of paint it was burning out my sander. And actually, this is as far as I got before I ran out of sandpaper:
So by this point, I decided to just prime and paint. After further look at this old trunk, I discovered only the top and back were solid wood- the rest was that cheap plywood that I wouldn’t have been able to sand anyway. Nonetheless, I am so happy with this old trunk makeover.
What a transformation, right?