This old thrifted trunk turned rustic trunk coffee table was such a simple makeover! Now ready for a brand new life!
I hope you had a blessed Mother’s Day weekend. I had a very nice one spent with family. And the weather was just beautiful too! I’m so loving the warmer weather and lots of glorious sunshine. My favorite time of year…spring and summer.
Ryder is enjoying it too. And seeing Frank. Remember I mentioned him in last week’s post? Well Frank came by yesterday and I got a picture of him and shared him in my >>> Instagram stories. Hop on over to see before it’s gone!
And now… it’s Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday. Yippee! That’s a mouthful, huh? lol
I can’t wait to share my makeover today. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom so you won’t miss what my friends are sharing today too.
Today I’m sharing this trunk I found sometime back. I’ve had it for a while and figured it was time to give it a much-deserved makeover.
I’ve done a couple of trunk makeovers before this one. You can see them here…
Rustic Trunk Coffee Table
This ended up being a VERY simple makeover. I had originally thought I’d put a furniture transfer on it OR some graphics of some sort.
I even considered a compass rose right in the middle of the top. (which would have been really cool too)
But in the end, I decided to keep it simple and clean. I was liking it without all the other fuss.
Here is how this one began…
Just your basic, beat-up aged trunk. I think I paid $5 for it.
The black papery finish was worn and coming off on several of the edges. You can see it in the photo above.
I lightly sanded the entire trunk, including those areas to smooth them before I began.
Then I applied a coat of primer. (since it was so dark and I was going white and to help with adhesion, etc)
I didn’t worry whether I got it on the metal pieces or not.
Once that was dry, I went over that with two coats of white chalk-style paint. (all linked above)
New to chalk paint? You can check out this post here >>> How To Chalk Paint Furniture (tips and more)
Then I spilled my paint trying to swat at the “no see-ums” trying to bite me all over! haha
That’s always fun, not. Oops!!
Once that was cleaned up, I turned the trunk over and painted the top.
Then brought it in the garage away from those pesky things. (and the pollen which was terrible this past weekend)
I decided to pull out one of my Gilder’s Paste that I hadn’t really used yet….this bronze shade.
I thought it would be perfect for the metal on the trunk. I love the shade of it.
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And to go along with that rustic bronze look I gave the metal, I decided to sand the edges to distress.
I was liking that so much, I decided to sand it all. So the whole trunk got distressing to give it a completely rustic look.
Once that was done, I wiped it down to remove the dust and then applied clear wax all over to seal it up. I don’t use wax a lot anymore, but this is one of those times that I just love using it.
Want more ideas for sealing chalk paint? Check out this post here >>> The 5 Top Ways To Seal Chalk Paint
And look at that luster and sheen…
Perfect for this trunk.
Curious about chalk paint?? I wrote an entire post devoted to all the pros and cons of using it, here >>> “Pros and Cons of Chalk Paint For Furniture“
And here it is all finished…
See the black coming through a bit on the sides?
Oh, and that’s a little pouf I found at Home Goods recently.
We’d been wanting something there as everyone who sits in that chair wishes they had something to put their feet on.
And I aim to please, haha.
I painted and waxed the leather handles too.
Isn’t that bronze color so pretty?
It’s really the perfect shade for a trunk like this.
By the way, I just rub the Gilder’s Paste on with my finger.
I didn’t try to get it in all the crevices, etc, because I wanted that aged look.
I sanded and distressed the top too. It’s hard to tell, but it also looks like the sides.
Perfect to use as a coffee table…and wonderful for storage.
The inside was in great shape so didn’t do a thing to it except wipe it down.
You can store throws or extra pillows, etc, inside.
Looks great in here!
But I really love my round coffee table so it’s not staying.
Have you ever made over a trunk? They are great fun to do. And the sky is the limit.
You can stencil on top or add a graphic or even a pretty floral furniture transfer.
So many possibilities!
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I hope you enjoyed today’s rustic trunk coffee table makeover.
Trunks are so much fun to play around with. I bet you have one already or can find one at a thrift store today!
I see them quite often. Go get one if for nothing else, but to paint and make it beautiful.
They are great for storage and when they look pretty too, well, win!
Have a wonderful week friends, I’ll see you right back here later this week!
UPDATE! See what I did to this here!