Rustic Red Grain Trunk

Hello Everyone!

I have another Trunk Addiction story for you.......This is a terrible before picture but I again, was to excited to take a proper one! It was green and black, and this was my first coat of red.

Now....this one was really hard for me! A client of mine said she loved this trunk and wanted it red! know how you hear artists say pieces speak to them? Blues and Whites speak to me all the time and basically all other colors! Red...NOPE, not at all!!! So this trunk has been sitting around here since December 2012!! I moved it beside me in the garage, I gave it a coat of red....and there is sat, not speaking to me at all!!! I forced myself to work on it, I even consulted with 2 fellow artists!!!

Here is what I came up with for my idea of a Rustic Trunk...

I painted the Trunk van Gogh Fossil Paint Lipstick Red. Then I did a top coat of VGFP Serenity, which is a warm taupe-ish. It was showing up to be pink-ish tones once I distressed back to the Red, so I did a dry brush of VGFP Balsamic Brown over top of the entire thing. I chose this Vintage Grain Graphic from my trusted Graphics Fairy and did it on the front with VGFP Balsamic Brown. I then very lightly gave it a Revenge Black dry brush over the entire thing. MAN ALIVE.....this trunk really made me work!

This is the original  inside!!! Isn't it fabulous?!! I gave it a good scrub down and kept it in tact!

I was so nervous for my client to see it because it still, in the end didn't speak to me at all!
She LOVED it! WHEW!!!
This is about as Rustic Red as I think I'll ever go!

Thanks for tuning in!


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  1. That was a tough one! In the end though, its beautiful! Red is a hard color I think you either love it or you don't. Help me...what is VGCP? I'm guessing chalk paint but not sure of the VG.

    June :)


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