Poofy Cheeks: My Weekend Trunk Redo

March 14, 2011

My Weekend Trunk Redo

My husband gets his hair cut every two weeks. I love to go along because there is a Habitat for Humanity shop right across the street. He gets his hair cut and I find a weekend redo project. So, on Friday I found an old trunk. It was actually there last time I went, and I left without it because I wasn’t sure what I could do with it. This week I walked in and it was right up front calling my name. I snagged it for $15.

As you can see it was pretty beat up. One of the stickers on the side said ‘1977’ so it has seen better days. I sprayed it down with goo gone (which didn’t do much) and then lightly sanded it all over.

Then I decided to use some of the leftover paint from my Bathroom Redo project to paint the trunk. It is a blue/mint sort of color.

After painting the trunk it looked to clean and fresh. It needed a little character, so I took some stain Mike had in the garage and applied it around the edges. Then I quickly wiped it off with an old t-shirt for a subtle look.

I’m pleased with it! In the end I purchased some polycrylic for $8.50, so the whole project cost less than $25. Originally I was thinking of turning it into a coffee table, but I think it is too small. I guess I’ll test it in a few different places until it finds a home. The best part is that it would make great toy or blanket storage!



  1. Thats adorable, I like when colors are used instead of the same old stuff..:+)

  2. I was thinking of painting my trunk this same color!
    Love how yours turned out! wanted to use mine as a bench.

  3. very cute! I would add some "leather" strapping... it would be extremely cute also in a beach house.. I had a trunk, actually I had two, the black kind with silver trim... I used one set regular for a coffee table, and the other I put on its side as a side table.. everyone complimented my style... good job! :)

  4. I love this! I have a trunk that I've been wanting to redo, but wasn't sure how it would come out. Yours looks so good I'm inspired to do mine!

  5. I have a trunk that looks like is made of the same material as yours. Did you use a certain kind of paint to paint it? I kinda think if I used just any paint, it would peel. But I'm not sure! :)

  6. Great job! I can't believe you snagged this at only $15!!! Our community has wised up to the up-cycling crafters around here... most trunks go for $50 around here! I've got a question: how did you avoid painting all the gold accents and all metal parts of the trunk? Did you tape them off? I have a trunk similar to this and want to paint it white, but would love to leave the rusted gold for some character.

  7. Hi Kelsey! What kind of paint would you recommend if I'm turning this into a coffee table? I see some of your projects you use chalk paint vs regular wall paints... Any tips on the type to look for? Thanks!

    1. Hey Merli! I used two coats of latex on this and then two coats of polycrylic and it held up really well considering we used it as a coffee table with two toddlers! If you already have the paint great but if not I would just grab one or two sample sizes of the color in latex because they are only a few dollars and just enough for this sort of project. The sample will be a flat finish but the polycrylic will give it a satin finish in the end :)


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