French Typography Trunk Makeover

French Typography Trunk Makeover {with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®}

We’ve been working on making our family room feel more “homey”. Last fall, we moved into base housing (Air Force) and the houses aren’t bad but they are very basic with white walls that are a bit drab so we added drapes and re-arranged (again), which left us needing and end table between our two couches. While my husband was in college at the Air Force Academy, they all got issued this trunk and it’s long been on our list of things to makeover. When they got it, it looked like this:

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If you score the edges with an X-acto knife, you can pull all the blue covering off, leaving wood behind. A few years ago my husband did that part and stained it to turn it into a toy box for the kids. So I did some light sanding and cleaning and started painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® (ASCP) in the color Old Ochre. I totally under-estimated how much detail work it would be to paint around the metal and leather details on the trunk…so I pulled it into the family room and watched “The Rehab Addict” on HGTV while I worked. :)

Here are a few before shots and pictures I snapped while I worked. I ended up doing two coats of paint.

French Typography Trunk Makeover {with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®}

Then I spent some time looking over vintage French Typography and went to work finding an image and fonts like the design I pictured in my head. The couple on the bicycle was a vintage image in the Silhouette Studio shop and the two fonts I used are Campanile and Alex Brush. These are screen shots of designing the imagery/text in Silhouette Studio.

French Typography Trunk Makeover {with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®}

French Typography Trunk Makeover {with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®}

I used a sanding block to distress areas before doing the stencil work (MESSY job which you can see below. Some ASCP fans prefer to sand after they wax which is less messy but I feel like I have more control of the distressing by doing it before waxing, especially on a project like this one).

I usually use 12×12 scrapbook paper to create my stencils (mostly because I no longer scrapbook and have a huge stash of it). The magic in using paper as a stencil is making sure to use repositionable stencil spray (I use Krylon) to adhere it to your surface and use a spouncer or stencil brush to lightly apply the paint. I used ASCP in Graphite for the image/text.

Below you can see where my almost 2 year old popped in to “help” me so I immediately had some repair work to do.

Since the bike spokes were so detailed, I painted in two parts…first, as in the below images, painting the whole wheels in Graphite and then saving the detailed stencil piece as shown in top right pic to paint the areas between the spokes back in with the Old Ochre (pics of this coming below).

French Typography Trunk Makeover {with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®}

Painting the spokes back in…

French Typography Trunk Makeover {with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®}

Then I did a layer of clear wax, followed by some dark wax detailing for an added “antique-y” look.

French Typography Trunk Makeover {with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®}

French Typography Trunk Makeover {with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®}

French Typography Trunk Makeover {with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®}

And that’s it! It goes well with our new drapes and adds a lot of character to the room (I’m not quite done with the family room makeover but I’ll show the full room when it’s done soon!)

The text on the trunk means: “You are home to me…my love” by the way. Mushy, but romantic.

French Typography Trunk Makeover {with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®}

I’ve been doing a lot of furniture re-vamps lately, big and small so you’ll see several projects with the ASCP over the next month or so. If you’ve never tried her paint, it’s AMAZING! No prep work, you just start painting which, for me, is what makes it worth every penny! You get a lot of projects out of what looks like such a small can.

To find ASCP near you, visit the Annie Sloan site to find a stockiest. (This post is not sponsored, I’m just a big fan of the paint).

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About By Dawn Nicole

Dawn is the DIY & Lifestyle blogger/Graphic Designer behind By Dawn Nicole. She is a mom of 3 who believes in "throwing kindness around like confetti". While Dawn loves all things creative, she has a passion for hand-lettered typography. A clean-eating foodie who loves cooking as much as a a good long outdoor run, she believes in balance and rarely lets a day go by without dark chocolate and over-caffeinating. She is also a contributor to the Silhouette Blog, Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke, and The Pinning Mama .

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