DIY Refurbished Trunk

Like every other vintage-loving girl, I love a good trunk. They’re great for storage and much, much more! I use a very large trunk as a coffee table (and drafting table) and a smaller one for a TV stand. So obviously, when I see one at a thrift shop I HAVE to buy it… even when it’s in bad condition. I recently acquired a simple black “dorm” trunk at a thrift shop for only $9.95. It wasn’t in terrible condition, but it was made of particle board and plastic! Though the materials were abysmal, I knew I could spruce up the trunk with a little paint and elbow grease. Here’s how you can do the same:

How To Refurbish a Trunk

Step 1: Remove the plastic edge protectors from the top, leaving the particle board edges exposed.

DIY Trunk

Step 2: Paint the exposed edges with matching acrylic paint.

Step 3: Give the trunk a black stain by rubbing the paint into the exterior with a damp cloth.

Painting a Trunk

Step 4: Line the inside to protect clothing, or just as decor.

Lining a Trunk

To line: Measure every side of the interior, then cut the contact paper or wallpaper to the appropriate dimensions. Hot glue in place.

Refurbished Trunk

There you have it – a beautifully restored trunk in no time. Stay tuned for more trunk restoration tips and tricks, including how to sand down, stain, and repair vintage Navy trunks!

Want to do this project but don’t have a trunk to refinish? I found better quality trunk on Amazon and adorable Chevron Contact Paper.


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