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vintage wood and metal with cloth antique streamer trunk distressed shabby chic chalk paint with original paper liner resealed with decoupage

This is truly an antique steamer trunk that I painted with a custom mixed old white chalk paint all over and hand sanded to distress. I left the original paper liner in tack but resealed the paper using Mod Podge mixed with turquoise paint and thinned with water. The entire trunk was hand waxed to perfection.

I picked this trunk up from a local auction and she had indeed seen better days. After a thorough scrubbing I re-hammered all the tacks and replaced some missing tacks. I used Mod Podge to coat the fabric that cover the metal portions of this style trunk. The fabric was very worn and even torn in some spot and the Mod Podge worked well to seal the holes and tack the fabric down. I then applied a custom mixed Old White chalk paint to the entire outside of this trunk. Now it was time to hand sand for distressing. I love the way the rust tannins spot their way through the white paint, its adds so much depth to the distressing. I brushed out the interior and then vacuumed up the debris. I then made a mixture of Mod Podge, turquoise chalk paint and water, using this mixture I pasted down the loose and lifting original paper lining. I coated the entire interior with this mixture to give the paper lining strength and to seal it. I love the look and was so glad I thought to do it. There is an detailed border on the inside of the lid that would have been a shame to cover. Now the entire trunk was ready for a hand waxing with clear paste wax. I waxed inside and outside. I then used a black paste wax lightly applying to enhance the texture and antique. I am again especially in love with the inside of this trunk the wrinkles and the cracks in the paper really worked well with the black wax. The entire piece was again waxed for a 3rd time with a clear paste wax ensuring a silky smooth protective surface. The middle locking latch is not functional due to the fact that this trunk didn't come with a key but the side latches are in full working order. There are 3 functional casters on the bottom of this trunk and one broken caster that I covered with a small furniture slider that you can choose to remove if you desire. I like to think that this is a well traveled trunk, that it rode on trains across country or even crossed the ocean for an overseas adventure. I'm sure it suited it's owner well back in its youth and can again be a beloved item in someone's home. This steamer trunk would be an excellent addition to any home decor use it for storage or as a coffee table, at the end of you bed for an brilliant bench with storage. No shabby chic home is complete with out an antique steamer trunk. Measuring 35"x22"x19" As always local pick up is available

Recycled, Upcycled, Repurposed....Simply Lovely ~ Tre' Chic Designs


Antique Distressed Wood Steamer Trunk With Vintage Decoupaged Paper Lining Shabby Chic Chalk Paint


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood, metal, canvas, chalk paint, paste wax, sand paper, old white chalk paint
  • Feedback: 5 reviews
  • Only ships to United States from Michigan, United States.