I don't know exactly when or why, but I became obsessed with the idea of obtaining an old trunk. Perhaps I was inspired by the ones I had seen at crafts shows, or at least in pictures of craft show displays.
Last spring, I found my trunk. It was outside our school, waiting for the garbage truck.
Now, I'm breaking all the rules here, as this is clearly a "before" photo. But you can see why this is his name.
The inside had been outfitted to carry tools, but since I wanted this for display, I removed everything.
I scrubbed and rinsed and let it dry out in the sun. I sanded and filled in any holes that went through the sides.
Yes, I painted it black. And yes, I covered "Simmons" on the outside, but that's still his name.
I polished up all the cool metal brackets and latches. It's still rough, but that's what I like about it.
Here it is at a show I participated in last summer. My husband helped to fasten some wires along the back to display hair pins and earrings (thanks!).
I found Simmons to be very large for some of the indoor shows I did, and I ended up using it for storage in my "war room."
Right around holiday time, I discovered a new use for Simmons...
I love my Instagram, don't you? I found an excellent app called PostalPix that prints your photos for a reasonable price--and in the same perfect little square that we all love.
Add some tiny clothespins (from my stash), and I have the best picture display. Ever.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for my kind words about PostalPix. I like their service and wanted to share it with you. All opinions are my own.
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