Barbie Silhouette Trunk

30 Apr

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.
Old Toy Trunk

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:

Sanding old trunk

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:

Sanded Trunk


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.

Barbie Silhouette Trunk


What a transformation, right?

Barbie Silhouette Trunk


You can see the difference between what is chalk paint and what isn’t. The silver and black, is not  chalk paint. The pink is chalk paint. Here’s a closer look:
Barbie Silhouette Trunk

I covered it all with glaze and let it dry for at least 24 hours before moving it back in the house and putting Barbie and her belongings back in it. What do you think of the chalk paint?
Barbie Silhouette Trunk Collage


8 Responses to “Barbie Silhouette Trunk”

  1. Kanoelani Sims April 30, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    This is fantastic!!

  2. les cof April 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    I LOVE IT!

  3. Donna Wilkes April 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    No hives from my corn allergy to admire your Barbie pink trunk. It turned out great! I am sure you will grow to love using the homemade chalk paint.

  4. NancyC April 30, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Very cute redo! 🙂 Visiting from Anti-Procrastination Tuesday!

  5. Robin April 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    I don’t blame you for giving up on the sanding. Thank you for sharing on Fluster’s Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  6. Jill May 1, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    This is super cute! I love anything pink/Barbie/reto-ish!

  7. Kim~madeinaday May 8, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Great job! I love the Barbie Silhouette on top! Thanks so much for linking up on Made in a Day last week!

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