Saturday, October 19, 2013

Rhapsody in Blue

With our very first show coming up so soon, 
I've been feeling just a bit of pressure to finish my projects on time.  

Today some of that pressure has been relieved 'cause I finished one, and it might be my favorite yet…

One reason being it's my favorite color.

Another is, it's the first piece that I 've actually altered it's molecular structure- just kidding : )
But I turned it into something different, from a trunk to a table.

I've always loved trunks;
 big wooden cases, holding people's belonging as they set off on an adventure. 
Some are ornate, some simple, most showing signs of their age.
They're just so cool!

But I never can afford the really neat looking, big, old ones, 
so I opt for the cute, newer, cheaper ones : )

When I found this sweet little thing in a shop, I knew it had to come home with me.

I mean it's blue! A blue trunk!

Did I already mention my feelings for the color blue, and trunks?

And if you lift the lid…

It has really cute paper inside!

It was in terrific shape, well… maybe there was a little rust… but I could fix that : )

Once home, and once I had time to turn my attention to the patient little thing,
 I looked up a homemade metal polish recipe, and found one. ( Thanks eHow)
It was really simple! and I had all the ingredients.

Here it is:

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of vinegar or lemon juice

1/4 cup of flour, baking soda or cornstarch

Dissolve the salt in the acid of your choice, then add the flour, baking soda or cornstarch.
It should make a nice paste.

It's not thick enough? No problem : ) 
Add more flour, baking soda or cornstarch 'til you like the consistency,
and there you have it! 
Just slap this stuff on some rusty metal you want cleaned, let it dry, and wash it off!

Is that easy or what?

It doesn't look very pretty….

But it worked : )



Now that was taken care of, but the top looked a kind of rough.
Let's cover that up with something… I have a cool picture of a sailboat, and hey, it's blue! 
That works, but Office Max can't print pictures that wide, so it's a little too small… awkward.
Wait, maybe I could cut the picture in three pieces and space them evenly-
Oh no! that piece is closer on one side and the Modge Podge is drying!

*Panic ensues*

Mom saves the day with a paint brush.


Now all it needs is legs, and thanks to our local thrift store, we found four adorable spindles.
Well, maybe they're a bit too tall… *Sawing*

Okay now they're perfect : )



"Look at those cute little legs"  : )
Do you know what movie that's from?

Bon Voyage!


  1. I love old trunks too:) looks beautiful.

  2. Oh my word! I love that! It's adorable! And even cooler that it's a table. You could store things in it, and put your coffee on it! And the sailboat is wonderful.

    1. Thanks Abby! I love the concept of a trunk/table and was so glad how it turned out.

  3. That is so cool! (I love trunks too. There are just so many secrets they can hold!) I like the colour, it is a very pretty blue. Now you've given me the desire to attempt a repaint of my trunk...

    I forgot how much I've missed your blog! Everything has been so busy here I've gotten so far behind on blog reading, and I've really missed you both! Thanks for stopping by! I plan to get back into my rutine this week so hopefully I will be around more often.

    1. Thanks Jack!
      We've been really busy too lately, and totally understand : )
      Aww! We've been missed : ) We so feel so special!
      I loved reading your posts about your new story for NaNoWriMo, I enjoy getting to know some of your characters.
      Hope that goes well for you!


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