One pretty nifty & magical toy trunk

Once upon a time there was a dated trunk. It didn't have the best bones, the best hardware but it had 'potential' and someone to give it some TLC. This trunk was given to me a few months ago by a coworker. It wasn't super ugly but pretty blah looking - it needed a new look! Note: the belt is mine. I never wear it anymore so decided to upcycle it as part of the furniture update.

My plan was to turn the trunk into a toy chest using a fun colour plus the belt for the front pull and side handles.

The blue is pretty fun and bright. Once the paint dried, I added a coat of varathane then screwed the hinges back in.

I screwed in the new pull and side handles. I needed to drill bigger holes then cut pieces from the belt and used screws to add the pull and handles. Then I jazzed the finish with glow in the dark stars.

I left the inside. The trunk seems so magical!

Here's a close up of one of the side handles.

Here's the front pull...

I've left it in my parents' laundry room until I find a home for it. It was too light out to test the glow in the dark stars.

Here's my A Beautiful Mess how to collage...

Meanwhile I painted/sanded/stained other pieces like these drawer pulls. They were gold but are now a snazzy silver.


  1. Delightful! The belt really worked well for the handles and the pull. I can't wait to see who the lucky owner will be.

  2. Thanks Carol!! I'm really happy with the finished trunk. :-)