Chalk Painted Trunk

2 Materials
2 Hours

I bought this trunk from a junk dealer in Rimrock, Arizona. It was perfectly junky, distressed and rustic. Just what I wanted!! It served me graciously as an end table in my living room for years. But time marches on and I decided I wanted something else.🤦🏼‍♀️

The before picture. It’s dark, and distressed with a glass top. There are remnants of a burlap type fabric covering some of the sections as well as leather handles and trim. I loved the heavy metal hinges and latches and oh how I wished it still had the key to the lock on the front.

Since I had outgrown/replaced this fabulous piece in my home, I did what any great mother would do. I pawned off my hand me downs to my daughter. She had been searching for a coffee table, and after months of not finding one in her price range, she was thrilled with my offer. She has a much different style than I do and this dark, wooden trunk is not it. But since she couldn’t beat the price tag, ENTER THE CHALK PAINT!

We drug that sucker out to the driveway. It was heavy yall! Those old trunks were made to last. I’m not lying when I say that my daughter slapped some chalk paint onto it! It might have been a little hard for me to watch!🙈She wanted a distressed not too perfect look so she went for a kind of heavy dry brushing technique. That sounds better than slap on some paint right?🤣

We used Furniture and Cabinet Chalk Paint from Retique It, in Ivory Tower that I had leftover from painting my kitchen cabinets, and my favorite brush for chalk paint projects by Chalk Mountain Brushes.

We let the first coat dry for an hour out in the sun, but truthfully that old trunk soaked up the paint and it was dry almost immediately. We went back with a second coat where we thought it needed it! It looks so good now, I kinda want to keep it! The white distressed paint job really brought out all the texture and fun details!!

When it was dry, we loaded it into my daughters suv and off it went to be a coffee table in her apartment! It’s so cute and fits in perfectly with her shabby chic decor. Maybe I should offer to buy it back? 🤣🤣🤣

Suggested materials:

  • Antique Trunk   (Previously owned)
  • Retique It Chalk Paint in Ivory Tower   (Leftover from other projects purchased on Amazon)

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  • Diane Schule Diane Schule on Feb 11, 2021

    Call a locksmith to open that pretty girl up! Now you've got me very curious to know what is in there!

  • Cheryl Phan Cheryl Phan on Jul 02, 2021

    Hi Kim: I saw that you use chalk paint and thought you might be interested in this product that I use to make my own chalk paint.

    It will save you a lot of money and you can make any color you want so you're not limited.. Love your projects.