New Look for an Old Steamer Trunk

I started with an old steamer trunk. Nothing special. It was a little worn, so I painted it with leftover black paint and added red/white stripes with frog tape. The best part was covering it in new travel stickers that I aged with coffee to look old and then applied with Mod Podge. I couldn't be happier with the end results. Wanna see more? Check out my blog http://thecavenderdiary.com/2013/03/06/newold-steamer-trunk/?preview=true&preview_id=4940&preview_nonce=400cf445b3
My finished trunk with awesome stripes and hotel stickers.
Pretty cool vintage trunk.
Love the H M K on the side , but hated to paint over it.
After taping off everything that wouldn't be painted, I sprayed the center white.
I wrapped the center wiht 2 strips of frog tape and sprayed white over them to minimize bleed through.
I painted the center red, and the rest of the trunk black latex.
Vintage hotel labels from Louis Vuitton.
I printed my labels on paper and sprayed them with coffee to age them.
Side view of the finished trunk.

James@TheCavenderDiary
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  • Linda Fraine Linda Fraine on Mar 12, 2013
    love the trunk . I also did a few of them myself. One for a friend who was into music. I covered it in his favorite sheet music. he loved it. The trunk shown here I did for myself. I painted a trompe l'oeil tiger skin and made the body of the trunk faux wood planks with gold hinges and locks. The original trunk was blue with metal clasps and hinges.
  • Omar Omar on Jan 23, 2017
    Cool steamer, do you have any way to do a steamer like the one in this page? http://eco-dumpster.com/junk-removal-estate-liquidation/ It's larger, do you think the same process would work? I found it at an estate liquidation.
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