Vintage 1960's Electrolux storage box

Donna Arsenault
by Donna Arsenault
I have this vintage Electrolux storage box. The outside vinyl is perfect shape and all the nail trim is there. Any suggestions what to do with it? I hate the brown vinyl... Should I spray paint or use another type of paint? What about the area around the buttons and tufting? How will that be to paint? Too tall already for wheels or legs I think. Suggestions please!
  16 answers
  • Penny Penny on Jul 02, 2014
    i have spray painted leather and that turned out great...i don't see why not you couldn't paint vinyl..i used color time spray paint...hope this helps...
  • Mitziblueyes Mitziblueyes on Jul 02, 2014
    Leave it just like it is for a coffee table! This is an awesome piece! Put a table scape on it!!
  • Cindy Carley Cindy Carley on Jul 02, 2014
    A beautiful piece of older furniture.......I like it just the way it is. Would look great in a "cowboy themed" room! :)
  • Lillace Christianson Lillace Christianson on Jul 02, 2014
    Some type of chalk paint would probably adhere well to the vinyl, perhaps in a light color with darker shadings to bring out the design.
  • Lisa Cuddy Lisa Cuddy on Jul 02, 2014
    Krypton makes a spray paint that you can use on anything. If you're really sure you want to change it I'd try that. You probably should degrease it with TSP or some other type of cleaner before you paint it. It's an interesting piece. I never knew Electrolux made furniture. You might want to check to see its' value before you do anything to it. Good luck with your project.
    • B. Enne B. Enne on Jan 30, 2017

      Do you mean Krylon? Electrolux made these boxes to store their vacuum cleaners. My Grandmother had one.

  • Donna Arsenault Donna Arsenault on Jul 02, 2014
    Yes Lisa, this picture is actually from the Internet but mine is identical. I saw one for sale on eBay for $350
  • Joyce Galloway Parker Joyce Galloway Parker on Jul 02, 2014
    Since the outside is in such good shape, and since painting it would totally and permanently change this vintage piece, maybe you should try covering it with some fabric first just to be absolutely sure you want to make such a drastic, permanent change to it. You could sew a box shaped cover for it (or in this case, rectangle) and just slip it right down over it. That way, it wouldn't damage it in any wayl, and you would have a whole new look in any color/pattern/design you want.
  • Patty Patty on Jul 02, 2014
    I have one as well! It has an unused tank sweeper inside! I use it just as is at the end of my bed. Perfect size.
  • Kimberly Kimberly on Jul 03, 2014
    I have two of these that were left in a home I bought. I had no idea they were old or special!
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  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jul 07, 2014
    Wouldn't touch it. It's in good shape and almost 50 years old. .Cover with fabric re Joyce Gallway Parker.
  • Linda Tisdale Linda Tisdale on Dec 17, 2014
    I didn't know there were such boxes from electrolux. we bought a cleaner in 1965 and didn't get one for my cleaner. I think it is very nice the way it is. they make a spray paint for plastic if you want to paint it. I bought some at Lowes for a project I was doing but I think you are lucky to have it in as nice condition as you do.
  • Honour Min Honour Min on Dec 17, 2014
    If you paint or make a permanent change, you destroy it's value. If you hate it, try making a fabric slip cover. I'd use that at the end of a bed or seating if you have a really big, walk-in closet. Put an ad on ebay and see what offers are drawn.
  • Diana Diana on Jan 16, 2015
    I have a fabric slip on mine but looking to do something different with it also......I put spare blankets & quilts in it now.
  • Camille Carlin Camille Carlin on Feb 21, 2015
    What a great storage piece. I'm thinking making a slip cover will leave you with flexibility in usage. Don't know if you use it for seating but if you do, I'm wondering if paints might chip or crack when you sit on it and the vinyl flexes.
  • Ross Ross on Jan 19, 2024

    note: try a test strip on bottom piece of Naugahyde on bottom of box

    try Golden Hi-Flow Acrylics (Artist supply stores)

    (!) with solid black square ASTM 1 PBk7

    for max. opacity

    superior plasticity adherence and coverage on all surfaces