diy vintage trunk restyle

September 25 2012 |

DIY Painted Vintage Trunk

This little vintage trunk was one of my very first big girl purchases. I was moving into a new home all by myself, and the neighbors across the street were having a yard sale. I spotted the trunk and they let me have it for a song. It’s been in storage while I’ve been in NYC, but now that we’re back in Cali, it was time for another appearance. Check out this busted guy:

DIY Painted Vintage Trunk

Mr. Lovely took a special interest in this little fixer upper project and started masking off sections. The trunk is part wood, part metal, and part fabric, so there were quite a few portions to deal with. He used our favorite Zinsser primer to coat the fabric, and then hit it with some bright white paint.

We decided to leave the wood natural but try to spruce up the metal a bit. Everything but the hardware got masked with painter’s tape, and he used a spray primer from Krylon to prime the metal. Then he covered it all with a coat of Krylon gold spray paint.

DIY Vintage Trunk

After all the masking came off, I hardly recognized my little old trunk. We got some glass cut for the top, and she’s all set. Three cheers for Mr. Lovely on this one! And BAM we’ve got a new coffee table. xoxo

DIY Vintage Trunk Restyle

DIY Vintage Trunk Restyle

DIY Vintage Trunk

23 thoughts on “diy vintage trunk restyle”

      1. We bought it at Melrose Trading Post, one of our first purchases when we moved! It’s black with (well-worn) brass trim and I love that it acts as a table and storage. We can use all the storage we can get!

  1. This is really beautiful! I always see these beaten up old trunks and have know idea how’s I’d go about making them usable and worth getting. This post has definitely inspired me to try brightening up a trunk and making it into something new – thank you x

  2. I found an old trunk- in worse shape then yours. It has become this very extensive project! I love it but part of the wood on the bottom is a bit rotted and the whole thing was covered in rust. I’ve gotten most of the rust off, but my question for you is did you remove any of the rust or just leave it and spray paint over it? Also, did you put anything on the inside of the trunk so it could be used as storage (just don’t feel like it’s that clean)?

    1. Hi Norma! There was a bit of rust on the outside but we cleaned it as best we could and then sprayed over everything with a rust-resistant primer. The inside of our trunk wasn’t terribly dirty. We cleaned it the best we could but there was still a musty smell we couldn’t get rid of, so we don’t store anything inside. Although I’d love to be able to!

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