Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Old Pirates trunk for the Beach House

I'm wondering what I should do.

 I have this great old trunk that I really love. it's kind of like an old Pirate's trunk.

It's neat isn't it?

It has a very slight curve to the top but is still straight enough to use as a coffee table.

I was thrilled to find this piece because it is perfect for my needs.

I absolutely enjoy using it, whenever I am at the shore.
I like to drink my coffee in this room, and gaze out at the Ocean.

Currently, it is empty inside, because it really needs to be freshened up.
 But I love the details on the exterior!

My plan is to re- do the inside with a nice covering of fresh fabric.
Then it will be a great  storage place for all the extra blankets we need to have around for guests.
Our Beach Cottage is small, so whenever possible,  furniture needs to do double duty.

This is how it looks in the sun room.
A storm was rolling in so the pics are a bit dark, but even on a grey day,
 it is gorgeous to watch the clouds roll  across the water.

I was wondering if I should leave it as I found it, or if I should consider the thought of painting it white.

I am kind of liking the dark contrast to all my other light or white stuff though. 

Whatya'll thinkin'? 
Should I leave it unpainted, and just re do the inside, or should I paint it white?
And which fabric gets your vote for the interior?

 Navy nautical stripe


seaside aqua stripe


Steadfast Ahoy! said...

DON'T paint it white. It would loose the old, antique look if you did. I'm seeing a floral interior, if you have to. I would just clean it and maybe varithane it inside, if it was up to me.

Charity said...

If you alter it in any way it looses it's value. That would include painting the inside. Use space storage bags and store them inside. They close completely and since the air gets sucked out of them, you can store quite a bundle.

Eileen said...

Good idea with the space storage bags, because the inside is some really old chippy paper that is crumbling. I may just cover the inside with some kind of fabric, which could always be removed easily.
I'm not going to paint it. I love it's antique character.

A Cottage Muse said...

Gee...you seem to be in the same situation as I am. I also am deciding whether to paint my coffee table or not!! Yours looks great as is to me!

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Purple Cow said...

I, too, am a follower now! Found you from Java. love the contrast of this ol' trunk.

What a great find. And I love what you've daringly done. It's a risk that pays off I think.


S.I.F. said...

That is just such a beautiful piece! I seriously love it!!

Me 'N My Monkeys said...

wow, it's Gorgeous, and it looks very nice in your sun room!

Kristi said...

I love that trunk! very pirate-y indeed. gorgeous with all your white furnishings ♥

Maryellen said...

I love the trunk and am glad you aren't going to paint it. My son would love to have a "pirates box" like that. So cool!

A Little Bit of Everything! said...

It looks great! Thanks for checking out my Halloween rag wreath over at A Little Bit of Everything!

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