Recovering a Trunk With Vinyl?

Clever and thrifty people, do you have tips on recovering an old college trunk with vinyl? It is not antique, just a trunk used in a dorm room. I'd like to recover it and use it as a coffee table. Thanks in advance.


By Karla from New England


March 4, 20100 found this helpful
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You can recover it with a shower curtain,cut into pieces so it's easy to handle,you might can use pretty thumb tacks to attach it to trunk if it's made of wood or use wall paper glue, go to Lowe's for more info, good luck.

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Any possibility of painting the trunk? It would be so much easier than the vinyl covering.

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March 5, 20100 found this helpful
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Long, long ago I covered a small chest with contact paper. I precut the pieces for the top and sides to fit inside the chest edging with an Exacto knife and then carefully pulled back a small portion of the backing on one edge, carefully put it in place, and smoothed down on to the surface of the chest (being careful to get out the bubbles) and then kept doing the same thing until the entire piece was laid. It took a lot of patience but it was worth the effort and I used that chest for about a decade as a table until I finally purchased a new table. Thereafter I used the chest for storage again.

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February 3, 2020

I have what looks like a homemade trunk covered in vinyl. It was a great job I would say, but it's white and been around for years. It needs an uplift.

Do I or can I recover again with vinyl? I guess the current vinyl was glued onto the trunk. It looks dirty, but I cannot wash the marks off.


February 4, 20200 found this helpful
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In order to do the job correctly the end brackets will need to be removed. If you can peel off the paper first this is even better. I would try and get the old paper off the trunk first before adding the new paper. You might even find that you like the trunk without the paper on it and a coat of paint will do the trick to restore the old trunk. I have added paint to metal in the past and you can pick and choose the colors you like. I would use a rust paint if I were you and you want to go this way.

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