For some reason, when I’m walking around a flea market or browsing an antique shop, I’m always drawn when I see a steamer trunk. Perhaps it’s because of the age of the trunk; or the silhouette; or the patina. Whatever the reason, 9 out of 10 times, I’m going to go check it out.
A jack-of-all-trades in home decor, steamer trunks can serve as a coffee table, bench and obviously storage. Still, when you open the trunk, it most likely smells old and musty. Because of this, I have lined many with cedar, but one trunk that I came across had an inside that was in good shape. A quick vacuum and a wipe down with a damp cloth and I was ready to go. I did think about lining it with fabric, which I have also done on occasion, but this time I decided to line the trunk with wallpaper.
Now, for someone who has spent the majority of my time removing wallpaper from the walls of our farmhouse, the last thing anyone would ever think, would be that I even have a roll of wallpaper in my inventory.
But I do.
And I do use wallpaper on various projects, and could even MAYBE entertain applying it to a wall or two around here in the future. For now, I’m sticking with this trunk. I have shared this how to before, and since this project gets repinned daily, I thought I would share it again.
Wallpapering the inside of a steamer trunk is a little more difficult than it looks. Between the awkward angles to measure and lining up the seams to match, a high patience level is needed and some serious attention to detail. To keep things easier for me, I decided to use Modge Podge as the adhesive rather than wallpaper paste, as I’m more familiar with Modge Podge and I did find that it works really well in adhering the wallpaper to the trunk. I used a ruler and an X-acto knife to cut and a lot of hoping-for-the-best.
Turns out, with each piece of wallpaper that I cut, I got more and more into this project. The wallpaper totally transformed the inside of this trunk, and now it’s almost too pretty to fill with stuff. Almost.
Don’t have any wallpaper on hand? Even a thicker wrapping paper would work. A fun way to line a steamer trunk, this project would look great if the paper was cut in smaller sections and decoupaged on the surface.
So, the next time you come across a steamer trunk, give it a second thought. They really do fit in, in all home decor and lining the inside with wallpaper will almost make you want to leave the trunk open for all to admire.