My Aunt Susie has this old...Old...OLD...family heirloom black travel trunk that she is sure was brought over from Italy when the family came to America.
She asked me to do a little something to make it more special and I bounced around several ideas for a few weeks. I was going to mod-podge a map of Italy using scrapbook paper but couldn't find any after several shopping trips. Then I had the idea of painting the top to look like a blown-up version of a vintage postcard from Ancona, Italy...where our family is from. It was a really easy project and just took me a day to finish.
I primed the top with spray primer, using just a light coat.
Then I painted the base coat a creamy, light tan; the color an aged postcard would be. She plans to put it by her sunroom, so I used a black paint pen to script the following quote, translated into Italian:
::Home sweet home:
Where ivy grows, roses bloom,
and sunlight fills my favorite room. ::
I sanded lightly by hand to distress age it, then top coated with 2 coats of a water-based poly.
Here's the finished Product:
The "stamp" has the year they immigrated, 1902, and the city they were from.
I wrote the English translation on the inside of the trunk.
I think it turned out classy, eclectic, and hopefully special.
Until next time!