diy vintage trunk restyle

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


19 comments

  1. Looks awesome! Gotta love the gold! We have a trunk as our coffee table too, though it’s not nearly as schnazy! ;)

    • chelsea on said:

      Awesome! What’s the story with yours?

      • 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!

  2. Audrey on said:

    I like it I like it.

    • chelsea on said:

      You can come use it any time. :)

  3. Elaine Costa on said:

    Pretty tidy paint job!

    • chelsea on said:

      Thanks Will! It’s amazing what a can of spray paint can do, huh?

  4. Tara on said:

    Love this! Now I’m wishing I didn’t paint my boring old brown. May be time for a redo!

    • chelsea on said:

      That’s the awesome thing about DIYs — you can always change them up! (I actually have a re-do DIY that I’m planning for the blog soon.)

  5. Kristal on said:

    That trunk is just fabulous. I love it before and I love how you added the gold!

    • chelsea on said:

      Thanks Kristal! We’re pretty stoked on how it turned out.

  6. Jodie on said:

    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

    • chelsea on said:

      Awesome, Jodie! I’d love to see your project if you end up finding one!

  7. Mary Holmes on said:

    Looks amazing! Kudos to Mr. Lovely! I love that as a coffee table.

  8. Corrin on said:

    Very cute…I dream of owning a LV trunk one day.

  9. Erica on said:

    Oh, wow! It looks completely refreshed! What a way to make something old new again!

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