Hi friends! And welcome back to another Monthly DIY Challenge! Totally planned this one ahead because we just got back from our trip late last night and right now I’m probably sleeping and will be for the remainder of the day 🙂 You always need a vacation from your vacation right? I’ll be sharing some pics from our trip soon!
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STORAGE TRUNK MAKEOVER
If you’re new here, me and some of my bloggy buds get together every month and create something using the same product/material or with the same theme. This month was “Creative Storage Solutions” and I’m sharing this old trunk that I glammed up as a Christmas present for my brother!
It was in the attic of his house and he wanted to see if there was anything I could do to bring it back to life. I honestly was a little hesitant at first because it was in pretty rough shape, but I knew it would be a fun challenge! I’ve redone a trunk before, and this one actually looks pretty similar. I turned that one into a coffee table that we use in our living room.
Here are some before shots:
The inside was probably the worst part of it…
I started out by staining the wood panels with some General Finishes Gel Stain in Brown Mahogany.
I really wanted make the metal accents pop so I grabbed a tube of Rub ‘n Buff and a small paint brush and went to work. Ok, that’s a lie. The hubs helped me a bunch on this project so I have to give some credit to him 😉 We BOTH went to work one night painting away while watching The Voice. (P.S. I’m still mad that Matt didn’t win. He totally should have).
I still have not used this stuff the way it was meant to be used. I did something similar with it on this dresser and loved the way it turned out. I find that a lot of metallic paints I’ve tried are kind of watery and you need to use a lot of coats to get the affect you want.
Except for spray paint, but that would have been a huge pain to use in this case. The Rub ‘n Buff goes on exactly the way it looks and covers so easily. It leaves a rough texture, which I think works well in this case.
Once that was done, I moved on to the inside. Although it looks reeeaaalll bad, it really wasn’t too hard to work with. It took some time to scrape off all the loose parchment paper or whatever it is that was in there and then I used a vacuum to clean it all out. I painted the whole inside with some left over paint I had to give it a clean, fresh look.
My brother wanted me to line it with some decorative paper, but what he ended up sending me was wallpaper border. Since it wasn’t wide enough to cover a whole side, I just used a piece on the top, and then wrapped the rest around the bottom part.
MUCH better than before 🙂
Now as you could see, a lot of the leather straps had ripped off or were badly damaged. I wanted to replace what I could, and decided my best option would be to use old belts so I got one from Sal Val, a couple old one’s from the hubby, and the cool decorative one on the front is from my FIL. All I had to do was cut them to size as needed, and used them on the front, top and for new handles as well.
I love that there are mismatched belts on there and think it adds some fun character and new history to pass on!
I love giving Christmas gifts that are handmade, and this one was so fun to work on! I also gave my mom a table that I’ll be posting about soon!
Be sure to check out all my bloggy friend’s projects below too!
Have a fabulous day everyone 🙂
Great job! The trunk is gorgeous! Extraordinary piece!
Thank you so much! Glad you stopped by 🙂
Cat @ therusticwillow
This is incredible Bre. I’m obsessed, and I’m sure your brother was too. I’m a little mad at you though, your Instagram vacation photos have been making me so jealous lately!
Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life
This turned out stunning! I have similar trunk that has been in my husbands family for a while….you gave me great ideas as to what I could do with it. Thanks
It looks great. We’ve got an old trunk that could use a bit of new life too — I like the idea of freshening up the hardware with some rub-n-buff.
Another beautiful piece, my friend!!! Love it! I really want to try using Rub and Buff too… it looks like it could be an addicting addition to my craft supplies!!!
Thanks Nicole! It totally is addicting!
What a beautiful piece; Great job!!!!
Thank you so much, Sue!!
This turned out so beautiful I love the mix of old and new:)
Nice job! I have two trunks that I’ll be re-doing this year and I was wondering where to start–now I know!
Awesome! So glad I could help inspire you 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Kelsey @ Vintage Storehouse
Bre, This is beautiful! I think I would be too scared to tackle that inside. I can’t imagine what a pain that was! But it turned out amazing in the end! The mismatched belts were a perfect final touch!
Thanks Kelsey! The inside was definitely the worst part but it was in desperate need of some TLC! The belts are my favorite part!
Wow, that old trunk turned out amazing, I can’t believe what a difference!
Thank you so much Tania!
Amazing! You did an awesome job, Bre! I see these on Craigslist all the time but never would have thought to do this.
Thank you Lauren! There are so many fun possibilities with them!
Juliana @ Te Amo Too
Hi Bre, I am in love with this trunk! I wish I could find a good one like this! Love it!
Thank you so much Juliana! You never know where you might find one!
Amy | Canary Street Crafts
I love old trunks! You did an amazing job with this, Bre! I love that you left some of it’s original rustic charm and didn’t try to cover them all. It has great character!
Thanks Amy! I couldn’t bear to get rid of all the fun character it has!
Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness
Oh this is SO cool! I love old trunks, such character! I love that you really kept it the same but added some new belts; totally adds some cool funkiness. 🙂
Thanks girl! Trunks are so fun to work with and I love all the character they have too! Hope you have a great weekend!
What a great makeover and wonderful gift!
Beautiful job on the trunk! I love how you didn’t try to make it look new–just improved the rustic!
Thank you so much, Kelly!!
Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com
You did a fabulous job, Bre! Can’t believe the difference! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week after your trip! xo
Thanks Kendra!! I’m still recovering from the temperature shock!
Tara @ Anything & Everything
Great job, Bre! What a great gift for your brother. Can’t wait to hear all about your trip too!
Thanks Tara! He loved it!
Ooh it turned out so beautiful! I’m loving that you restored it and left a lot of the original look, chippiness and all. It’s perfect that way 🙂
Thanks Erica! I love all the character it still has!
Michelle Lepak-Dandelion Patina
Love old trunks! They all have such character and a story. I have one similar to this one that I had redone when I was in high school. It is great for storing blankets and sentimental treasures.
Aren’t they so fun?! So many great uses for them 🙂
Katie @ Little House of Four
I’m a sucker for old trunks and love what you did to bring some life back to this gem. Great job!
Thank you so much, Katie! 🙂
Christina @ Operation Home
Absolutely charming, Bre!! 🙂
Still one of my absolute faves!!! Can’t wait to hear about your trip my friend!
Thank you Kristi! I’ll be sharing some photos next week! 🙂