ROMANTIC STEAMER TRUNK
By Kathryn Bangs, O.S.C.I.
Old steamer trunk, check antique stores
Folk-Art Artistsí Pigment, Yellow Ochre
Apple Barrel Acrylic paint, Forest Green
Folk-Art Acrylic Paint, Thicket
Folk-Art One Stroke Brushes
#10 flat brush
#1 liner brush
Benjamin Moore Stays Clear low luster
Paint or foam brushes
Angel pictures, I use angel calendars
Gold foil kit
Sandpaper, medium and fine
Martha Stewart Magnolia White semi-gloss paint
Delta brown iron oxide,
Trunks are a true find for decoupaging. They are wonderful to use as a coffee table or at the foot of a bed for a romantic hope chest. I hope you enjoy this fast and easy project.
1. Sanding & Priming: Sand existing finish until dull. Apply Kilz primer according to directions on can. Base coat with Martha Stewart Magnolia White and let dry.
Faux finish: The finish is a combination of paints and sealers. In a tray, place puddles of magnolia white, yellow ocher and Stays Clear. Mix together, but not completely. Apply paint mixture in small areas, one at a time, ragging off with a wrinkled paper towel. Do this until the trunk is completely faux finished. Dry completely. I use a hair dryer to speed up the process.
Note: I have found by using the Stays Clear as my glazing liquid, the faux finish dries quickly and I have my first coat of protective sealer on. Dry with a hair dryer.
Hardware: Following the directions, use the Gold foil kit to add "hardware" to your trunk.
Decoupage: Cut out an angel print of your choice. Soak it in water until the edges stop curling (approx. 3 mins.), this gets the print ready for decoupage. While the print is relaxing in the sink, put a base coat of Mod Podge on the furniture in the general area where you will be applying the print. Remove print from sink, letting excess water drip for 15 seconds before placing into position. Now, using a wet brayer, smooth the print and remove any air bubbles. Dry with a hair dryer. Apply three to five more coats of Mod Podge, drying in between each coat.
Art work: Free-hand One Stroke leaves, vines and branches or enlarge the photo to use as a pattern. Paint twisty branches in brown iron oxide, using the liner brush. Next, double-load a #10 flat with a mixture of both greens, and paint simple leaves.
6. Sealing: Apply three to five coats of Stays Clear, dry in between each coat.
Kathryn lives in Litchfield, New Hampshire. She is married and has three teenage children. Kathryn works as a professional interior wall faux finisher. The name of her business is Periwinkle Painters. She enjoys teaching others and is currently working on writing a "how to" book on Periwinkle Faux Finishes with lots of great before and after pictures.
Kathryn Bangs, O.S.C.I.