I have had this old wooden steamer trunk sitting in my upstairs craft room (which is a hot MESS, by the way), and I just kept filling it with fabrics and extra glue sticks, etc. I liked how the trunk looked; it had been painted blue before and then stripped, so you could see some of the blue paint peeking through. Buuuuuut, I thought that it was a little dark. It had such beautiful lines and leather straps, and you couldn't see them through all of the dark wood.
So, I decided to paint it. But, I didn't want to paint the whole thing, so I taped off every leather strap and every wooden cross beam. Ho.lee.crap. It took me forever. And it took an entire roll of painters tape.
I began to paint inside the wooden cross beams with white paint. What I thought was raw wood was actually wood that was covered with a light canvas fabric. The trunk wasn't in that great of shape, and the white paint really highlighted the roughness of the piece (which I wasn't sure if I liked at first).
So, m after I painted (it took me for-EHHHH-ver---quick, name that movie!), I lightly ran over the white paint with a sanding block.
aaaand, I loved the look! It highlighted the texture of the canvas below, and made the whole thing look aged. In this picture, the top white section has been sanded, and the bottom white section has not been sanded. See the difference?
Here is the finished product!
I stack of old books that I ripped the covers off of and tied with twine.
Love the end result! This is going in my booth at the Depot....I think it will be hard to part with it, and I've only been finished with it a day!