before and afterDIY

Before & After: Wooden Trunk Make-Under

by Grace Bonney

The idea of painting older (no matter what the quality) used to be something almost everyone loved here. Comments would pile in for vintage dressers that went from brown to bright coral and then there were the in-between years where the balance between “How could you?” and “That’s fantastic!” was pretty even. But these days the vote seems to have come down pretty solidly on leaving things as-is. No painting, no detailing- the simpler the better. While a part of me relishes the idea of giving anything new life if it was headed for the dumpster, I understand the cry for something less altered. So when I saw this makeUNDER come in, I was excited to share it. DIY blogger Minni Sirelä of NimiDesign inherited an old wooden trunk from her husband’s grandmother. It was covered in thick chipped layers of paint and someone had used duct tape to cover the gap between two planks on the top. Despite its current state, Minni took it in and decided to give it some new life.

She removed the paint from the wood and metal portions using a heat gun and paint stripper. After scraping and sanding the wood clean, she used a light stain and lacquer on top to protect the wood. Voila! After years and years of someone adding coats of paints, Minni stripped this piece back down to its original glory. You can find more details on her how-to right here– thanks for sharing, Minni! xo, grace

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