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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Vintage Trunk Coffee Table


If you've been following along with me for awhile you might remember a few weeks back when I decided to tackle a project I'd been putting off for some time.



You can see that post over here.
I promised to give you an update when it was finished, so here it is-




My vintage steamer trunk turned coffee table!




 Something you won't be surprised to hear if you've been following awhile: I wasn't going to spend any money on this project. 
If you're new here, welcome to Creating a Life, where this broke single mommy does nearly every project on a zero budget! It really is lots of fun : )








I used some white latex paint I already had to paint the outside of the trunk, including the metal latches and the scrap of leather handle still hanging on. I could have removed the leather piece, but I kind of liked the way it looked. 

I used metal legs from a stool I've had over 20 years (leftover from my retail furniture store days). It had been broken for a really long time, and I was happy to find a new use for the legs.







I used a couple of scrap boards left from my DIY Air Conditioner Screen on the inside of the trunk to give me a sturdy place to screw the legs into from underneath. I decoupaged them with vintage sheet music so they would blend in a bit better with the other papers on the inside of the trunk.

















  
A sadly under used antique trunk now has a whole new life as a unique and useful piece of furniture with storage. I love that.






Later this week I'll show you a few more of the summer touches around the living room.

Thanks for reading!

Jeanette


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41 comments:

  1. I LOVE this!! Well done! Maybe giving me a shot of courage to do a project here...maybe :)

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  2. Jeanette, you are amazing! you know I love $0 projects. So rewarding to see what you can do on a low-no spending project. Just beautiful. Perfect

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  3. Jeanette this is gorgeous!! The scale of the large trunk and petite legs is just perfect :)

    xo, Tanya

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  4. I'm following. I added you to my blogroll and I follow along on Pinterest. I pinned one of these darling pictures to my Antiquities board. I love, love this trunk with it's darling legs.

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  5. This is absolutely gorgeous! What a great project with a huge payoff.
    melinda

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  6. This came out amazingly beautiful. I love the legs on the trunk. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us!

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  7. Good job, it turned out great. It looks like it was made for that spot!

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  8. Pinned your super cool trunk! Love those legs:) Stop by http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/06/summer-chalk-boards.html

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  9. I love your white trunk, it is unique and fabulous. I just found your blog through, From My Front Porch To Yours, and I will be following you through bloglovin. I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime at http://homeandlifestyledesign.blogspot.com
    Thanks, Patty

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  10. How fabulous is this. I love it. The feet are perfect, makes it so special and unexpected. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing Inspire Me party - - -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/06/170th-inspire-me-tuesday.html Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

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  11. This is WONDERFUL! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

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  12. Who needs money when you can turn that old trunk into that fantastic coffee table.
    Kudoos to you...
    Visiting from Common Ground.
    Michele

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  13. So how much you sellin' it for? ;)

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  14. Amazingly creative! Love it!

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  15. I love it. I haven't seen one with the wood on it.

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  16. I love how this turned out! I like the contrast of the wood with white. Great job! The inside looks cool, too.

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  17. I love this. I have a collection of old trunks (http://biblelovenotes.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-old-trunks.html)
    But I don't have any with the curved wood braces. I've seen them, just never owned one. I love what you did with this one...unique and useful.

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  18. Great job and so clever and creative! love it!

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  19. I love love love this trunk and such a great makeover. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  20. Awesome trunk! Lovely makeover :) Cool inside too. Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  21. Love this trunk coffee table. You did a great job.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Ellya
    @CuriositaEllya

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  22. Love it...so unique! Thanks for sharing at The Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

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  23. Jeanette I love this! I have an old steamers trunk that I was thinking of getting rid of because I haven't used it at this house. Will now be looking for something to use as a base. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  24. I love this makeover! it looks fantastic. Well done.

    Cheers
    Karen
    At Home Vintage

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  25. This is beautiful! I love the legs!

    Therena @ littlebitofpaint.blogspot.com

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  26. I LOVE it!! So fun that you "decorated" the inside too :)

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  27. This is fabulous, Jeanette! I just love it!! It really stands on it's own in this space, and says "Look at me"!! You did a beautiful transformation on this piece!!
    Have a lovely week,gal!
    Hugs,
    Becky

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  28. I love it too, it's just gorgeous!

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  29. Hi Jeanette, hopping back to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  30. Good Morning Jeanette, This is an absolutely wonderful idea.... it is such an original idea and the trunk now looks very stylish..... it really is a one off piece.
    My Nan Ivy gave me a trunk like yours, many, many years ago, but I have moved so much during my life, that it was one of the items that I had to give away. I really wish I hadn't, but there you go, you cannot turn back the clock.
    Jeanette, I have really enjoyed my visit and I have become a new follower. I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! when you have the time as it would be lovely seeing you there.
    Have a wonderful 4th July celebration today.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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  31. The creativity and the effort to produce such good quality products is always appreciated by other person around you. So be creative and apply new ideas to create such wonderful coffee tables and inspire others .

    Thanks
    Finn Felton

    Kopi Luwak

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  32. I am totally in love with this project!!! I wanted to WELCOME you to Junkin Joe...we are THRILLED to have you visit : ) sending hugs and wishes for a picture perfect weekend! : )

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  33. This is so awesome! Featuring it today on my Friday Favorites roundup :)
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
    http://upcycledtreasures.com

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  34. Thanks for linking up to our party--I shared this on my FB page today! https://www.facebook.com/BeyondThePicketFenceEtsyShopAndBlog

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  35. I have that exact trunk...Love the legs you picked! You have me thinking I need to do this too! Thanks for inspiring!

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  36. So cute! The legs are the perfect addition!

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