I can't believe I am saying this....but I purchased and "sort of" painted a trunk. Why is this surprising to me??? Because until this decoupage paper trunk project, I swore I'd never do another trunk again!
Did you know that years ago I refinished trunks?
Long before I started blogging...so I have no recorded history of it...so you will just need to take my word for it!
They are a LOT of work!!!! More work was involved than I ever received enough pay for so I quickly reached burnout and retired from that process. But now I'm back to show you this incredible decoupage paper LIFE trunk!
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Another trunk? Let's do this!
I recently received this gorgeous decoupage paper from Dixie Belle and wanted something really special to use it on. I love the colors of this paper as well as the message.
Featuring just the single word LIFE.....I find it to be so thought provoking.
Before: Decoupage LIFE Trunk Makeover
While visiting a friend at her local shop (The Shabby Chicas) I noticed two very handsome trunks. They both were a bit smaller than the ones I had worked on in the past and I felt this might be a great fit to use with the new decoupage paper.
I liked the idea that the LIFE message would be displayed on the front of the trunk.
And I also loved that the message would be displayed on a piece that likely held someone from the past's prized LIFE possessions in it!
So I did it!
I purchased the trunk!
Decoupage LIFE trunk Transformation
The overall transformation took place in a single evening.
I decided to leave most of the trunk in its original raw finish and to let the LIFE message be the focus!
Applying LIFE Decoupage Rice Paper
This project was a bit more difficult as the surface was not smooth....leaving wrinkles no matter how much I trimmed and worked around awkward spaces.
It is not the paper. It is clearly user error.....or project difficulty. LOL!
But I kind of like the wrinkles.....because what is LIFE without them?!?!
PRO TIP: Embrace the imperfections and you will see beauty in all your creations!
Adding Shadow for Contrast
I enhanced the paper with Best Dang Wax brown as added shadow around the orange paper and I love this effect. You can see the before and after effect below.
I love the overall boho effect that this offers!
The Finished Look
Decoupage is quite possibly the easiest way to add personality to furniture art!
And now that I'm back to enjoying it again.....you may see quite a bit of it in the near future!
More Inspiration: Decoupage Paper Projects
Decoupage paper is a simple way to add impact to your project! Here are some additional decoupage paper designs for your inspiration:
Tattoo Chair - Learn to decoupage on fabric with one of my most talked about project
Mediterranean Armoire - from a super basic armoire to an eye catching piece
Memory Trunk Restoration - another trunk...this time with a very personal connection for my client
Painted Rocking Zebra - Say what? You have to see it!
And of course, don't forget to VISIT THIS BLOG for very detailed step-by-step instructions for applying decoupage paper... including tricks for curved surfaces and around permanent knobs.
Click on any photo below for more up-close photos and all the design details
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