Back in the 80’s, my Grandmother found an old vintage ammo trunk. It was drab, boring and utterly uninspiring. But Grandmother Oldham had an eye for art. She knew how to take something that had no appeal and transform it into a thing of beauty. Recently I was at my Mom’s house and saw her ocean chest and got to talking about it. Here’s how Grandmother Oldham turned a vintage ammo trunk into art!
Vintage Ammo Trunk into Art
My Grandmother, Glendora, loved to paint. Her medium of choice was oils. She also knew that my Mom loves the ocean. Grandmother took her oil painting skills and transformed an old ammunition trunk.
- She painted an ocean scene on all sides of the trunk.
- Added wheels so it could roll.
- Found glass to fit in the top 2 panels. This glass not only protects the oil paint, but allows Mom to use the trunk to display special seashells or pictures.
Now this vintage ammo trunk is a thing of beauty. Mom has had this ocean trunk in her home for close to 30 years. It is still a piece of art that we all enjoy.
My friend Jen (from Jen at Dapperhouse) has done some really cool transformations on furniture. Check out how she is doing Furniture Makeovers using chalk paint – turning something very drab and boring and turning into pieces of furniture that are truly one of a kind art!
Here’s another example of taking an old beat up bedside table and giving it some love and a coat of paint to bring it to life! Check out Newly Wed Survival’s drab to fab – Bedside Table Makeover!
What object have you transformed from ugly junk into a family heirloom? I’d love to hear!