Colleen@lifeonkayderosscreek
Colleen@lifeonkayderosscreek
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Antique Trunk Makeover - Great for Storage

3 Materials
$25
8 Hours
Easy

I found this trunk at the Salvation Army for $20. It’s incredibly solid but, as you can see, in really rough shape. I hesitated for a minute on whether or not to get it…LOL, no I didn’t. Who doesn’t need more storage, am I right?? Plus, I love a challenge.

First things first, it needed a really good cleaning. I wiped the whole thing down, inside and out with half bleach and half water. Unfortunately, that didn’t get rid of the smell totally. I threw in the baking soda and let that sit for a few hours in the sun. That worked pretty well but after I cleaned out the baking soda I gave it a good spray of half water and half vinegar. That did the trick.
antique trunk makeover great for storage
First things first, it needed a really good cleaning. I wiped the whole thing down, inside and out with half bleach and half water. Unfortunately, that didn’t get rid of the smell totally. I threw in the baking soda and let that sit for a few hours in the sun.  That worked pretty well but after I cleaned out the baking soda I gave it a good spray of half water and half vinegar. That did the trick.
antique trunk makeover great for storage
The outside of the trunk had a lot of wholes and divots in it. I filled them in with a lot of spackle. I used a putty knife to smooth it out. It took a few coats with sanding in between each to get it smooth.
antique trunk makeover great for storage
Once I had it all sanded and wiped down, it was on to paint. I used homemade chalk paint with plaster of Paris mixed with Creamy White paint. It took three coats to really cover.
antique trunk makeover great for storage
I really wanted to line the inside but didn’t want to spend a ton of money so I picked up this shelf liner at the dollar store. I love the color! It’s so clean and happy :).
antique trunk makeover great for storage
Blogger error here. I didn’t take any pic’s of installing this. I basically opened up the roll and cut it to length with scissors and then placed it inside. I lined it up, bent it along the side I was working on, creased it nd was able to use an X-acto knife to cut along the edge. I removed the handles on the ends to get it smooth on the inside.  Then we added bun feet to give it a bit of height.
Here’s how it came out. I’m using it in my Master Bedroom Closet for additional linen storage. We recently did a whole closet makeover which you can see on the blog.
antique trunk makeover great for storage
antique trunk makeover great for storage
antique trunk makeover great for storage
For more information on this project and more like it, visit my blog at  http://mylifeonkayderosscreek.com or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lifeonkayderosscreek/.

Suggested materials:

  • Chalk paint  (Homemade)
  • Drawer Liner  (The Dollar Store)
  • Spackle  (Home Depot)
Colleen@lifeonkayderosscreek

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  • Kim Vander Ploeg
    on Jul 28, 2017

    Love it! Where did you get the pillows?
    • Jewellmartin
      on Aug 19, 2017

      I've found a great source for pillow covers in all the trending colors and styles. It's wish.com and it's online, but everything comes from China, so it can take a few weeks sometimes. But very cheap prices and good quality. All metric. Best wishes 😇
  • Sue
    on Aug 14, 2017

    Homemade chalk paint, how?

    • Beth Harrison
      on Aug 19, 2017

      What type of glue do you add to make the above paint mixture Gesso?
  • Smythy0539
    on Aug 22, 2017

    The smell you said the trunk had, was it a musty smell? I have a cedar trunk that I want to redo but not sure I can get that musty smell out. Do you know if sanding the inside will release new cedar smell after I try cleaning it like you did? Love your project and it has inspired me to try mine.
    • Lindsay Hardy Camp
      on Feb 9, 2019

      Crumpled up newspaper and/or tea bags (not used) is how I got the musty smell out of mine years ago. I'm sure there are better methods now, but if nothing else has worked, can't hurt to have more ideas.

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