We recently moved — such a dreadful way to start a post, sheesh — but it’s the truth. There’s never a dull moment between packing, cleaning, sorting through unwanted clothes and toys and then unpacking and cleaning some more. I find it rather painful really! We have moved five times in our nine year marriage. You would think it would get easier. That I would have some great how-to insight into moving but I don’t. I have wonderful intentions of color coding the boxes, having everything organized before the big move and being packed by a certain time. But alas, it NEVER happens. I guess I need to come to terms with the fact that I’m the type of person who just throws things in boxes and plans on dealing with it later. It’s not until after we move into the new place that I regret being that type of person. I could talk about moving and how much I hate it all day long but how boring is that?! I want to get to the more exciting aspects of moving. Like buying new things and finding fun projects to keep my mind off of all the unpacking.
When we finally got into the new house, one of the first things we did was downsized our entertainment center. With a 14-month-old, we needed to find something that would keep little fingers from playing with all the electronic gadgets and we needed to find it quick! So we bought a smaller media cabinet with doors (hallelujah) but that meant we didn’t have room for our DVDs.
Project time! There was just one small problem — I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted. So in order to receive some inspiration I ventured out to my favorite craft store – Hobby Lobby! I knew I would find what I needed and sure enough, Hobby Lobby didn’t disappoint. I found these beauties that I thought would be perfect as a DVD holder and it would be great at keeping all those kid movies out of sight.
I actually didn’t buy the entire set. Just the bigger one. I wanted to make sure it would work. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making another trip to Hobby Lobby for the other two just because I’m in love!
I loved the idea of having a storage trunk in my living room but it seemed a little blah. I wanted to add some color while at the same time be able to personalize it to match my little family’s personality. So I ran out to another one of my favorite stores, a local scrapbook paper shop and found THE perfect paper to finish my project. Which, great for me, turned out to be super easy and fairly quick.
Here’s what I used:
- Storage trunk – any size
- Scrapbook paper – enough to cover the sections of the trunk you’re trying to cover
- Mod Podge – I used a Matte finish to keep with the rustic feel of the trunk
- Scrape paper
I started with the scrape paper — AKA copier paper — to make a template for the trunk pieces (I didn’t want to waste any of my cute scrapbook paper). To make the template, I laid the paper on the trunk and marked the edge on each end. Then I placed a ruler on each mark and drew a straight line so I knew where to cut each piece out. Afterwards, I placed the pieces on to the trunk to make sure it fit in each section correctly.
Since the sides of the trunk had handles, it took a little more time to create a template for it. I took the handles off (I checked to make sure they came off before I bought it), and then marked on the template and the scrapbook paper where the screws holes were. This made it a lot easier to put the handles back one once the trunk was all done.
Then came the fun part. I love seeing what I had envisioned come together! At this point in the project, I traced each of the template sections onto the scrapbook paper. And again, made sure each piece fit just right.
Now, for one of my favorite craft products — Mod Podge!!! I bought mine forever ago which probably wasn’t the best idea since it can start to clump together if it sits unused for too long but I got lucky and it worked out. Phew!
Using a sponge brush and working one section at a time, I brushed a layer of Mod Podge on then placed the scrapbook paper over it — making sure it was laying flat, the edges were all glued down and there were no bubbles — then I moved on to the next section.
Just an FYI, I didn’t put gobs of Mod Podge on. Just enough to cover each area. In addition, the great thing about this trunk are the straps pull up slightly so I was able to throw some glue under each strap to make double, double sure the paper stayed down.
Once the first section had been setting for about 15 minutes, I felt it was ok to go ahead and add a top layer of Mod Podge to seal everything, give it a cool finish and to keep little hands, fingers and toes from getting the paper dirty. I simply poured the Mod Podge over the paper and then spread it evenly, paying special attention to the edges (you want it to create a sealant over each piece). Note: this step can be skipped if you’re not too concerned with the paper getting ruined. With two little boys running around and getting into things, this extra step is a must around these parts.
I let mine dry for about an hour before I set it back on the floor. And that’s it. Kabam! Done! No more boring storage trunk. It’s perfect for my family and my little guys loved it. So much so they were crawling and sitting on it within seconds. Ha!
Now go pick out a movie from your chic-looking DVD trunk (if that’s what you’re using it for), prop up your feet and be proud of what you’ve accomplished.