Transforming a Trunk with CeCe Caldwell’s Paint Tricks

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Transforming a Trunk with CeCe Caldwell’s Paint Tricks!

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Today, I will try to top how many times I can talk about how tripped out this trunk tis and how many times I can use words that start with T.   Totally talking Trunks today.

Trunks are one of my favorite transformations to tackle.

Update!  I only use Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint since publishing this post.  DIY Paint is 100% Natural, Clay Based, which makes it different from every other chalk paint product.  It is perfectly smooth, the colors are beautiful and cover well, even their whites.   It paints like liquid Velvet.  You won’t believe how good a paint brush and a can of paint can feel.  It is ahmazing stuff.  Check my side bar if you want to know more.

This Trunk was transferred to me by my friend Susan at Paris Flea Market (no T’s here).

Trunk wasn’t in too terrible condition, but there was tons of room for transformation. 

I had to initially take off the lock.  It was totally shut tight!  Maybe it was trying to hold treasure!

(Tired of T’ing now).  Once I got that lock off, I cleaned it thoroughly and did a light spray of Zinnser Spray Primer  (I wasn’t in the mood for a bleeder).  I used joint compound to fill in some of the mangled corners, then sanded it down when it was dry.

I wanted the trunk to have movement.  I cut a piece of MDF to fit and added wheels.  Of course! (I add wheels to everything, you can see some HERE)

I painted the entire piece in CeCe Caldwell’s Virginia Chestnut, then finished with Myrtle Beach Sand.   I used Modern Masters Colorant in Coffee Bean and Aged Mahogany to darken the metal trim.  I used hard wearing Cece Caldwell’s Endurance on the entire piece, then added (my latest addiction) CeCe Caldwell’s Aging Cream.

I love this product, it ages pieces naturally, and it is 100% natural, so I am not breathing any nasty chemicals.

I was thrilled with the overall aged look, and turned my attention to the inside. The paper needed replacing, instead of putting new paper in.  I decided to remove the remnants and painted the interior in CeCe’s Santa Fe Turquoise (this was the 1st CeCe Caldwell color I ever tried, and it is still one of my favorites).

The Trunk traveled to Paris Flea Market in Livermore, CA where it is waiting for its next adventure!



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  1. Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}

    OMG! I adore this! That pop of turquoise inside is to die for! I have never bothered with vintage trunks because they can be groddy, but if it was painted I wouldn’t worry about it. I love the distressed finish of the outside as well, it’s perfect!

  2. Diana

    The distressed look worked great, but the turquoise is perfect. Turquoise and aqua are turning out to be my new pop colors. They’re a nice change to what has been popular.

  3. Paula @ OMearas Cottage Charm

    Simply usual! Your attention to detail in impeccable…not to mention your ability to think outside the box!

  4. Bliss

    I have never redone a trunk, mostly because I left bad ones behind not thinking I could transform them with paint, so I have no canvas.

  5. cassie

    love it! you know i love those casters and hello fun color inside!

  6. Inspire Me Heather

    That turned out great!! Love the pop of colour and the casters – too cool!!

  7. Ann Marie

    What a super job you did. I love the turquoise pop, and the casters are the perfect fin


    Hey Toots,
    Totally taunted by your terrific transformation! Tops to trying turquoise too!


  9. Francine

    Really nice! It is made perfect with the wheels!

  10. Denise... On a Whim

    I love this indeed!! The aging is amazing on the outside. Wow!

  11. Bridget

    The pop of color makes me happy! Looks amazing; I would want it open all the time! The casters are a great addition!

  12. laura@live-love-scrap

    Love how this turned out! I am in the middle of transforming a trunk. I wouldn’t have thought to add the pop of color to the inside. I think I may have to do that! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Shelly Andrade

    Karen, your trunk turned out awesome!! LOVE it!

  14. Danielle

    I love your trunk. The pop of color is so fun too! x

  15. Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline

    I believe this has my name on it! 😉 I love the wheels {always do!} and that turquoise is the perfect complement ~ featuring you tonight at Project Inspire{d} ~ thanks so much for sharing at last week’s party.

    hugs, mary beth

  16. Elsie R

    Karen, L.O.V.E it! I have an old metal trunk that is my Uncle’s from the Korean war…painted an obnoxious blue (therefore, it’s sitting in my garage!)… BUT, I will be pulling it out and giving it a make-over. Thanks for the inspiration! You rock!

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Elsie! I can’t wait to see that! You will have to share at my weekend link party when you make it over. Glad it is coming out from under the bed!

  17. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

    That color inside makes me smile, I LOVE it and what a fun surprise! I have a small briefcase/suitcase I want to upcycle into something and I love the idea of a fun pop of color inside. Pinned 🙂

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Katie! Santa Fe Turquoise has always been and still is my favorite CeCe Caldwell’s color. I love it inside stuff too!

  18. Madaline Foglesong

    Hi! This is great. I want to try something similar on my coffee table/end tables. I’ve ordered all the CeCe paints but am having a hard time finding/ordering the Modern Masters colorants. Are these two colorants still available through Modern Masters? (Or is there something I’m missing because I’m no professional – do you maybe have to mix some colors together to achieve the “coffee bean” and “aged mahogany” color? Is that what a color book is for, to tell you those things?) I emailed Modern Masters for help but just wondered if maybe you had a quick answer? If not that’s ok too! I am assuming you are incredibly busy because you are incredibly talented.

    • GTC

      Hi, not all the colors are available directly through Modern Masters. If you have a Kelly Moore Paint store nearby, they carry some of the Modern Masters line. If not, I order from a Modern Masters retailer:

  19. Sarah J

    This is great! I have a blue foot locker trunk from high school that I’d hate to toss but it just doesn’t fit in my decor. You know, I’m such a design savvy 30 something 😉 Awesome inspiration!

    • GTC

      Hey Sarah, so glad you got some inspiration here! That foot locker sounds cool! Those things are hot items, I am sure you can make it look gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Kristina! I had so much fun with this project.

    • GTC

      Thank you so much for coming by Kyla, glad you found me!



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