DIY trunk transformation.

A brief background… my parents had these old and ugly cedar-lined trunks sitting in their garage for quite some time. As ugly as they were, I knew the potential they had to become something special, so I persistently asked if I could have them since they were just sitting around unused. The ‘rents finally gave in and gave them to me and this magic makeover quickly followed suit:

trunks - before

reflective gold + a rusting bottom = in need of emergency facelift


I wiped down the trunk’s exterior, removed the front hardware, and taped off the trim detailing. This proved to be a much more time-consuming task than I had anticipated (although you wouldn’t think so just looking at it). I took out the spray paint and this is where the magic happened.

Are you ready for this!? The AFTER: trunk - after

Isn’t she a beaut? The trunk’s new and improved state is all thanks to a coat of the amazing Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint in the finish ‘satin white.’ The wonders of spray paint, I tell ya. It’s an amazing thing. And to top it all off, I was floored after coming across the price tags on these two similar pieces: Source 1, Source 2.

trunk makeover

So where is it now?

trunk bedside table

The transformed trunk made its way to our bedroom as a beside table. It’s great because aside from being a bedside table, it also makes for an excellent hidden storage solution for things like blankets, books, etc. I figure if I ever get sick of these trunks as bedside tables, they could also be placed next to one another and easily serve as a chic coffee table, kinda like this. Oh the possibilities!

Have you completed any DIY projects or given a furniture item a new look lately? I’d love to hear about it!



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11 responses to “DIY trunk transformation.

  1. These came out so well! I love them! I am boring and all my furniture is white, but these are super cute! You are right, they would be fab as a coffee table.

  2. Too cute. I have no patience for things like this!

  3. GREAT transformation! You did an excellent job :)

  4. Dad and Mom

    If I had only known there was value in those chests… I could have retired early. Make sure you rub it in to Uncle Joe. Don’t lose the key, it’s the only one we had. But I bet your local hardware store can get you a spare.

  5. I love what you did with those chests! the while looks great with the rest of your house!

  6. o goodness, I literally just did a trunk redo last week and plan to share it on the blog Friday. Yours look GREAT!


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