This Vintage Trunk Chalk Paint Makeover only came about because (1) the Ginger and her Mom went to a local pawn shop over thirty-five years ago and bought a trunk for the Ginger to take her clothes and stuff to college and (2) thirty-five years later, the Ginger’s Daughter decided that she wanted the same trunk to take her clothes and stuff to college. As you can see from above, the G’s D transformed the trunk from ugly to boho pretty!
This post contains a lot of photos, because I documented this Vintage Trunk Chalk Paint Makeover at each step. Above, you’ll see that the trunk, as the G’s D found it in the back of my closet, was covered in duct tape, and that the rust-colored metal sides were somewhat scratched and no, not the prettiest color.
The G’s D decided, based on the colors in her room at college, that she wanted the trunk to be a color between a “white” and an “ivory,” but closer to a “white.”
As also noted in this post by Refunk My Junk, if the surface is already smooth, then there’s no need to spend the extra time and money chemically stripping. Instead, just go the easier route, and simply sand the surface to be painted, first with a metal wire brush like this one, found at hardware stores, and then also with some sandpaper. Then thoroughly wipe down all the surfaces, so that they are free of dust and debris.
The next step for this Vintage Trunk Chalk Paint Makeover, before priming, is to cover all of the brass hardware and edges with painter’s tape.
One of the appeals of this vintage trunk is the brass hardware and some of its corner details. The G’s D figured that the original brass might look striking against the white painted surfaces, and as we now know, her intuition was right!
The most time-consuming part of this project was carefully covering the brass edges and hardware with painter’s tape.
Try to be patient and careful when applying the painter’s tape….
…and try to remember that the most fun part of the project will be finally removing the painter’s tape after applying the primer and chalk paint!
The next step to this Vintage Trunk Chalk Paint Makeover is to prime. The G’s D decided on Rustoleum fast-drying spray primer, which also can be purchased at hardware stores.
Before spraying on the primer, be sure to protect the ground underneath with newspapers or a protective tarp, and use in a well-ventilated space. Because it was too dark outside to work, the G’s D sprayed on the primer in our garage, with the garage doors open.
The next step was brushing on the chalk paint. The G’s D mixed about three parts of the color “white” with about one part of the color “ivory.” This Waverly brand of chalk paint was found at Walmart.
The G’s D applied the chalk paint with a medium brush.
As a blogger and photographer, I recommend that you be kind of careful when documenting a crafter’s work in progress…they like their space!
The G’s D let the first coat of chalk paint dry overnight, and then applied the second coat the next morning.
Tip from the G’s D: little things like an old rug to kneel on while painting can make all the difference.
And then that fun step I mentioned before: removing the painter’s tape!
Ta-da! Transformation from ugly to boho cute is almost done. At this point, the G’s D applied a coat of clear wax, which was the third bottle on the right in one of the above photos. The wax is key for chalk paint projects, to seal and protect the finish. It is generally recommended that two coats be applied initially, and those coats can be left as is for a duller finish, or buffed after a day for a shinier finish.
Per the instructions on the bottle of wax, another coat of wax should be applied a few weeks later.
The trunk’s brass hardware looks dynamite against the newly painted white finish, don’t you think?
And now, the G’s D is ready to take her chalk painted vintage trunk back to college…
…and place it in her room…
…and put it to good use!
Nice! I’ll be publishing another post soon featuring the Ginger’s daughter’s entire room and decor at college!
Have you ever done a vintage trunk chalk paint makeover? Or used chalk paint to upcycle a piece of old furniture? If so, I’d love to hear how it went for you in the comments section.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
*Please note that all opinions are mine alone, and that I received no samples, payments, or financial incentives from Rustoleum, Waverly, Home Depot, Walmart, Duck Brand Clean Release, Lowe’s or Warner, their affiliates or any other person or entity for comments or links in this article.