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Old Trunk Restyled

June 22, 2014

Old Trunk Restyled

They say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”…hmm…okay, as I show you this project that my oldest son completed you are probably nodding your head in agreement. Well, that statement may be true, but my oldest is my stepson. Not blood-of-my-blood, but I think my turning trash into treasures has rubbed off on him. Actually, this isn’t the first time it’s happened, and I am so proud of each new instance.

Please keep in mind that my son did not know I would be posting his pics on my blog when he took them. He sent me photos of the trunk in different stages, and I am sure they were taken quickly with his phone. That said, I think you can still see the amazing transformation of his junk find.

This is where he started. Both the outside needed a makeover…

…as well as the inside.

The outside was sanded down to bare metal. He then masked off where needed and primed the trunk’s outer surface.

Then he painted and clear coated the trunk.

Here’s a really clever part. He used an old belt and kitchen handles to rebuild the trunk’s handles.

For the finishing touch on this fabulous transformation, he scraped off the old paper lining and decoupaged pages of a road atlas to the inside.

One last repair was to add chain for support.

He did a great job!


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  1. That looks great! What a clever idea for the handle, will have to keep that one in mind!

  2. Your son did a great job. Very good idea with the road atlas for the interior, and you can pick them up @ thrift stores for a matter of pennies.

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