Live, Make, Nest

Guilded Upcycled Trunk

I have been waiting sooo long to do this post…and I don’t mean like a few weeks long or since my accident long…I mean like a year. I’m probably the slowest DIYer on the planet…but I refuse to put deadlines on anything other than client work or you know, feeding my kids, so I plod along as I find the time. Looking back for my before pictures I realized I started this project around September of last year so I’m happy to finally have it completed. Upcycled Trunk This trunk belonged to my father’s parents. When they passed away we packed up some of their things in a couple of trunks for me to have. I ended up taking this one to school with me. So it definitely has some sentimental value.

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At some point in my college career I decided it would super cool if I decoupaged photographs on the lid. Ahem.

2013-09-03 16.31.02 The lid was pretty badly dented because sometimes I’d use it as seating. Whoops. Then it spend the rest of it’s life in our basement housing old art supplies.

Anyway, when I started my original office makeover I pinned this image:


We had a couch in the office that was about 9000 lbs and I figured I’d slipcover it and use the trunk as a small coffee table so the couch wouldn’t look so out of place.

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I choose some wooden feet from Home Depot and screwed the plates into a couple of pieces of wood I placed inside the bottom (since the sides were pretty thin). I spray painted them gold to match before I attached them.

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I sprayed the bottom of the trunk black since I just wanted to cover the green and I didn’t want to waste my precious gold (my precious…). 🙂

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Then we moved and it sat around for a long time till I finally decided to finish spraypainting it. I had my father in law cut a board to match the top so if someone did sit on it they wouldn’t fall through. I added some foam and upholdsterd it with some white duck cloth left over from my pillow case and watercolor projects.


I added the faux nailhead (Dollar Store pushpins) to give it a more finished look. I made a few throw pillows using the same techniques I did here and here.



So glad it’s no longer an eyesore. I think my grandmother would think it is just fabulous.


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  1. Mom

    August 4, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Spectacular transformation! Your grandmother would be proud! I am

  2. Sarah B

    January 5, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    It looks fabulous! I would love to know how the spray paint held up on the trunk? I have an old trunk in my basement that I want to give new life. Trying to decide the best painting method for it!

    1. Christiana

      January 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      The paint help up pretty well. I need to give it another coat because my kids mess with it and it seems that their fingerprints have broken down the color over time.

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