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:
WORK IN PROGRESS:
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!
Given my love for the old and vintage, I decided to leave this tiny, worn out yet adorable label intact:)
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.
21 thoughts on “Photo essay: Upcycling an old iron storage trunk to a quirky living room accessory”
Wow ! What a beautiful transformation !!
Very nice theme…. Nice work…I like all birds…and graceful bold colours….
Thanks so much!
You are truly an artist my friend! It was a good idea to show how the old trunk looked like before you decorated with such amazingly beautiful designs.
Thanks so much Peter; really appreciate all your kind words!
Nice idea, box is looking beautiful.
SO gorgeous!!! I was gushing at the after images! My god. The bright splash of yellow! I love antique trunks too and this is a superb idea! 🙂 Love it Rashmi!
Thanks Divyakshi! So happy you liked it:):)
Awesome art work. Keep it up.
Thanks again Rupam, glad you liked it!
Wow! You have converted the ugly duckling into a multicoloured swan!
It is a wonderful idea. After reading your article I wish I had retained a few of the trunks that I had when I was in Air Force. I used to have trunk like the one you have shown here.
Thanks Sir! Oh yes, you should have kept a few trunks..:)