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:
Step 1: Remove the plastic edge protectors from the top, leaving the particle board edges exposed.
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.
Step 4: Line the inside to protect clothing, or just as decor.
To line: Measure every side of the interior, then cut the contact paper or wallpaper to the appropriate dimensions. Hot glue in place.
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!