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Beautiful Flea Market Coffee Table

Nothing says adventure quite like an old trunk. This Beautiful Flea Market Coffee Table is a DIY coffee table made from an antique trunk. This is a unique and charming DIY coffee table idea that gives an old trunk new life. Paint it in a vibrant color for a new furniture piece to really pop. You can even use it as a place to store any sort of treasures. Although you might not be a traveler, you can capture the spirit of adventure with this Beautiful Flea Market Coffee Table.

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Beautiful Coffee Table


Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint

  • Rustic (ADC25)
  • Treasure (ADC19)
  • Yesteryear (ADC27)

Americana® Decor™ Stencils

  • Café Paris (ADS02)

Americana® Decor™ Varnishes

  • Ultra-Matte Varnish (ADM04)

Other supplies

  • Water container
  • Palette or plastic plate
  • Paper towels
  • Sanding block
  • 2" flat brush
  • 5/8" stencil brush (Americana Stencil Brushes - DABK20)
  • Paraffin
  • 1" painter's tape
  • Storage trunk (flea market find)


Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Wipe down the trunk with a damp paper towel to remove any dust or residue.

  2. Rub paraffin over the trunk where you want the trunk surface to show through. (Do not wax the whole trunk.)

  3. Use a 2" flat brush to paint the entire trunk Rustic. Rinse brush.

  4. When the paint is dry, use a sanding block to distress the trunk. (You'll see in the sanded areas that the paint will be removed and leave an aged look like the paint has chipped and worn away over time.) Dust off with a damp paper towel.

  5. Rub paraffin again over the trunk in areas you would like the Rustic and original surface color to show through. (Areas where the paint has worn away is a good place to start. Get the details again too.)

  6. Use the 2" flat brush to paint the entire trunk Treasure. (You don't have to be perfect, but do be careful around the metal hinges and straps.) Rinse brush.

  7. After the paint is dry, go over it again with a sanding block to reveal a perfectly aged, colorful trunk.

  8. Use the painter's tape to attach the Cafe Paris stencil in place on the front of the trunk.
  9. Use a 5/8" stencil brush with Yesteryear to fill in the address only. Rinse brush. Let dry completely.

  10. Use a 2" flat brush to seal the entire trunk with Ultra-Matte Varnish. Rinse brush.

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This is a pretty cool project. Now I've got to find myself an old trunk.


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