Furniture re-dos Makeovers

That awesome trunk

Remember that fantastic trunk my friend gave me…? Here, let me refresh your memory:


I am SO very thrilled with the way it turned out!

Have I mentioned I don’t quite understand the Union Jack fascination? I really don’t. However, I can see that lots of others like it and so I thought this would be a great chance to try it out. Sure, I could have just slapped a painted flag on top…. that seemed too easy and surprises are fun. I decided instead to make it simple on the outside with a “BANG” inside.

First I peeled out that Declaration of Independence bamboo place mat (?) out with a chisel. Seriously… it was krazy glued down or something. Next I painted the sides and then  the metal edges. Ok, please note, if you ever paint a trunk (and I am doing a huge one soon) paint the metal edges first. It is SO much easier to paint the flat surfaces than it is to paint the edges. I do not care to mask things off if I don’t have to (have I mentioned I can be a bit lazy?). Painting the edges first would have made the process SO much easier! SO please just remember that if you decide to give this a try. Other than that, it was a breeze.

The fabric I chose is rather busy so rather than line the entire inside, I decided it would be better to only do the top and bottom. I was going to paint over the contact paper until I tried peeling it out and it was SUPER easy! SO I peeled it all out and painted the inside the same blue as the outside.

Then I got some leftover poster board and cut rectangles the same size as the top and bottom. The board was a bit short, so I grabbed the painters tape and added about an inch and a half at the long side and just taped it flat (you’ll see it in the pictures below). Then I cut the fabric roughly the size of the poster board, cut the corners essentially off and folded over the corners.. essentially a miter cut.


I used spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the poster board and then folded over and glued the edges the same way. After that, I needed to attach the piece to the trunk itself. Should someone grow tired of the pattern, I decided to use foam mounting tape so changing it out would be easy if one so desired…


It’s made by 3M and super easy to use. On the top I used a bit more just because I didn’t want gravity to be an issue.

Want to see the finished product? I just L.O.V.E. it!

What do you think? Do you love it as much as I do?

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  • Reply
    November 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Scottie, it looks fantastic! I really love how it came out. And that was such a great idea to use the poster board for the inside. I probably would have slapped the fabric directly on the truck insides and then it would have been work for the next person to take it off.

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      November 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      Well thank you! I considered using a thin piece of veneer or something, that just seemed like overkill. I had the poster board on hand too so that played a roll (that lazy thing kicking in again). I’m so glad you like it- I hoped you would. It was fun practice for the big one. I have to be able to get to it in the garage first. I’ve collected quite a bit of furnishings in the last few weeks which is why my Facebook status mentions I’d better start painting soon.

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    November 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    I am in awe of you…love, love, love everything! Did you finish the vanity yet too? The trunk is awesome!

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      November 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      Not yet, almost. Need to use the router to attach the drawer fronts and do a few last touch ups. Not 100% certain how to do it though so I figure I can get my dad to show me when he gets here Friday…

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      November 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      Oh Stacie! Please thank Joey for me- his desire for a travel themed room is what inspired me for the trunk.

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    November 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    The trunk is AWESOME!!! Love it!

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      November 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      Thank you Laurie. If I can get a better camera, I hope to be able to post better photos. At one point I thought the iphone camera was great…. not sure what happened but it’s sure horrible now. 🙁

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        November 14, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        It looks great away!

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