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Hey there, it’s Carmel from Our Fifth House and I’m back today with a fun furniture makeover!  I’m continually amazed by the transformative power of paint!   You will not believe what this trunk looked like before.  While it was in great used condition, it didn’t exactly scream “little girl’s bedroom”.

It was your typical oriental style trunk.  While it was in good condition, it wasn’t exactly my style and wasn’t quite the look I was going for in my daughter’s bedroom.

oriental trunk
It was dirty/dusty but in good working condition with dovetailed drawers, and I picked it up for a steal at a local consignment furniture store.  It was also the perfect size for the foot of a full bed, and I knew with a little paint makeover it would be great in my little girlfriend’s bedroom.
But I didn’t want to prime because I knew I’d want to sand/distress it in places to allow some of the black to show through, so I used Chalky Finish paint from DecoArt.  You can find it at Michaels.  It requires zero priming or sanding…..hallelujah!  And it’s not super expensive!  I chose to use the color Treasure which as you can see is a pretty turquoise-y blue.  I gave this trunk 3 coats of paint then sanded it in places and around the edges, and then I finished it off with a coat of polycrylic in semigloss.
oriental trunk makeover
I think this little makeover just proves that even if a piece of furniture isn’t exactly your personal style, if it’s the right price and in good condition it’s worth a second look as paint can really make all the difference!  I love how this little trunk turned out; the gold hardware really pops against the turquoise blue!  It’s such a fun piece with lots of great storage for the foot of my girl’s bed!
painted oriental trunk
And here is a shot of her room.  It is girly while still sophisticated!
little girls bedroom
Check out the deets on the gold polka dot ceiling, the desk area and pink night stand!

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  1. How did you get the gold finish on the hardware? I love what you did with this cabinet! Thanks.

  2. Hi, I love how u painted this piece! I have a question How did u remove the hardwares especially the middle around pc? I have 2 dressers similar to yours and want to paint but clueless on how to remove all hardwares? THanks

  3. Hi Mia, So glad you like it. I actually didn’t remove the hardware. I used a little coconut oil to grease it up so I could paint around it with a small paintbrush. The oil keeps any paint that touches it from sticking. Then when the paint on the wood was dry I just used a soft cloth to remove the oil. I use that trick when it’s too tedious to tape off and when the hardware is too difficult to remove.

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