I don’t really hate winter. I actually don’t mind winter so much because of how great our spring, summer and fall are around here. What I don’t like, however, is when the snow doesn’t melt in between storms and it just piles up and piles up. There is nowhere for it to go! We got at least 12 inches yesterday – on top of the 4 or 5 from Saturday night. It was crazy.
Seriously Mother Nature. There is no more room. No. more. room.
Note the Mardi Gras flag!! Partay this weekend 😀
The thing I dislike most about winter is the really cold days and now we are going to be really, really cold for the next few days. So this snow is going nowhere for a while. Just no more, please.
Anyway, on to the fun stuff. I am starting the process of lining the inside of the trunk. A lot of times you see these trunks with just the exposed wood, which is fine, but I think this is a good trunk for storage and having a cloth liner will keep from catching blankets or clothes on any splinters or nail edges. I can see why people don’t line them as it is a little time consuming.
First, get some fabric and thin poster board. I used 3 of the big pieces of posterboard at Joann Fabrics (79 cents a piece). I also used 3 yards of fabric.
Measure the sides of the trunk and cut the posterboard 1/4 inch shorter than that (to account for fabric). You do need to be fairly precise with measurements unless you put a border around the corners (which would look cool with a contrasting fabric).
That notch on the side is for the tray support. Now take some spray adhesive and lightly spray one side of the posterboard. Do spray lightly. If you get wet spots, that will show through on the fabric (ask me how I know). Then lay the sticky side down on the reverse side of the fabric:
Now you need to fold over the edges and glue them down. I find it is easier to cut the fabric in sections so it folds over without getting bunched up. I used tacky glue for this part. The spray adhesive would be too messy for this.
Now you have a nice fabric panel!
The nice thing about the posterboard is that it gives support to the fabric to make it easy to work with, yet is really flexible and thin:
Now spray the inside of the trunk with spray adhesive *and* the back of the panel and press it into place. Be careful to line it up well before letting it touch as it is hard to adjust after the fact.
I also put in some small tacks (about 8 of them) along the top edge of the fabric panel. Even though it is glued in place, lifting the tray in and out might cause it to come apart at the very top over time. So, I put in the tacks to secure it forever. You can’t even see them with this fabric, either. Anyway, you will do the other sides and then the bottom. My advice is to not cut out the posterboard for the bottom until you have all 4 side panels done. That way you will get a more accurate measurement since the panels will make the inside dimensions ever so slightly smaller.
I am liking how this looks so far. Once the lining is done, I will be attaching the original lithographs, which I was able to save:
There are 2 of these, which I refer to as ‘the ladies’ and I kind of have been calling the trunk “The Lady”. I need to start naming my trunks because there are now 3 in the house!