Chin-chin...

Chin-chin…

This is the first ‘making’ post in a while, but as you can see it was a slightly bigger job than I normally take on.

I absolutely love it though! It was totally worth all the effort (and some minor frustrations) along the way.

Before...

Before…

A while ago Mr Colonial Cravings came home from work and announced that he had a present for me but that it was just too big to hide until Christmas, and also could I help him lug it out of the car. He’d casually mentioned to one of his colleagues that I have a small obsession with vintage luggage and a week later he’d turned up at work with this trunk that he’d found at an auction.

It was a bit tired and grey with a slightly musty smell that I couldn’t get rid of even with a good wash. For a while I umm-ed and ahh-ed about keeping it in its original state (I was especially taken with the wooden hangers) but in the end I decided that it would bring me far more joy if I re-purposed it into something useful.

Steamer trunk cocktail bar

I’ve covered it in maps to be in-keeping with its travel heritage (and also because I can’t stop glueing maps to things), just using Modge Podge and then applying a couple of coats of wipe-on poly varnish. Because the original covering was linen the texture shows through quite nicely making it look less like paper. I also painted all of the trim with an eggshell emulsion which gives the same effect. We’ve had to apply a few temporary measures, simply due to our limited resources at the moment but I think we’ll try to address these once we’ve returned to the UK.

Steamer trunk cocktail bar

Bottoms up!

A friend of ours cut some scrap wood, which we found free at a salvage yard, into a couple of shelves for us and we added racks for wine bottles and glasses. We dismantled one of the drawers and put hinges on it so that it would open up and provide a book shelf for Mr Colonial Cravings increasing collection of cocktail books.

It's always 5 o'clock somewhere...

It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere…