How to Modernize an Old Trunk

The DIY experts at HGTV Magazine went digging in the attic for treasures that deserve a second chance.



Photo by: Marko Metzinger

Marko Metzinger

By: Rae McConville

Materials Needed:

  • all-purpose cleaner
  • cloth
  • paint for light and dark
  • painter's tape

Step 1

Wipe down the trunk (ours was leather) and all its hardware with an all-purpose cleaner.

Step 2

Paint the entire piece a light color, and let dry.

Step 3

Tape off 2 1/4-inch bands on all four of the trunk’s sides with painter’s tape, then fill them in with a darker color. Paint right over the hardware where needed. Peel off the tape while the paint is still slightly wet.

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