Decor

Photo essay: Upcycling an old iron storage trunk to a quirky living room accessory

Storage trunks of the yesteryears have always caught my fascination.  Normally tucked under the bed or stashed away on the attic, these black/ olive green heavy duty iron storage boxes have a unique charm.   Also the fact, that it holds something that is precious inside, always evoked a sense of excitement in me.

Nowadays, of course, these trunks are rarely used and have given way to the more ‘modern/sleek’ storage options.   Recently, when I chanced upon a trunk being given away by a family, I opted to buy it and decided to upcyle it into something unique and with a ‘bohemian’ appeal. 

Here are some ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures:

BEFORE:

T669

379

WORK IN PROGRESS:

The magic of brush, paints and art material
The magic of brush, paints and art material
The box painted yellow with the handle, hinges, locks and latch painted orange
The box painted yellow with the handle, hinges, locks and latch painted orange

AFTER:

Trunk Top
Trunk Top
One side of the trunk
One side of the trunk
Another side of the trunk
Another side of the trunk
Back of the trunk
Back of the trunk
Front part of the trunk
Front part of the trunk

The trunk has been the cynosure of all eyes and has attracted more attention than I could ever imagine by everyone who visits my house!

T770

T1

Given my love for the old and vintage, I decided to leave this tiny, worn out yet adorable label intact:)

T88

Note: While the entire concept including the color scheme, images, patterns and design is mine, the very talented Ravi from Benakams Academy of Art and Design with whom I have worked earlier, helped execute the whole design.

To read about my other upcycling/make over projects, click here and here.

20 thoughts on “Photo essay: Upcycling an old iron storage trunk to a quirky living room accessory

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.