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Antique Trunk Makeover

Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing my antique trunk makeover and what a makeover it is! 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.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover Before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover before in rough shape - Life on Kaydeross Creek - This trunk needed a lot of TLC

 

Look how thick these sides are. I’m sure originally it had a nice cedar smell but now it kinda smells like moth balls.  That newspaper inside is from 1974. 🙂

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Inside - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Here’s what I used for this makeover:

  • Baking soda to get the smell out
  • Water/Vinegar mix to get the smell out
  • Chalk Paint (homemade)
  • Bun feet
  • Shelf liner (from the Dollar Store)
  • Craft Paint
  • Stencil brush

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.

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Getting the smell out - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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.

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 - filling in all the holes with spackle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - filling in the holes with spackle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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 - Painted Furniture - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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 - Painted Furniture- Drawer Liner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

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 addition linen storage. We recently did a whole closet makeover which you can see here.

 

Antique Trunk Makever - Lining the inside with shelf liner - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I added a stencil to the outside with our initial and a number that has a special meaning.

 

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Master Bedroom Closet - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - More Master Bedroom Closet Storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover- Extra Master Bedroom Closet Storage - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Antique Trunk Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love a good furniture makeover. You can see our Painted Antique Hutch here and our rustic coffee table makeover here.

So this antique trunk makeover was quite the transformation. There’s nothing a good coat of paint can’t fix (or three). Have you seen something in your thrift shop/garage sale travels and thought it was too much work and bought it anyway?  Have you taken on that crazy project? I’d love to hear about it.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 

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