You see, we found this old trunk on a neighbors tree lawn and had to snatch it up, it had admittedly seen better days… but that never stops me. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it just yet, but that would come in time… after some trunk searches on Pinterest I determined to flip this baby into a coffee table, but I had a hard time figuring out how I wanted to finish this piece. I was tempted to go the all white route or maybe pink with gold accents? And then the inside… what was I going to do with the inside?! Oh, and we didn’t need another coffee table. *smiles*
The trunk was pretty banged up, it had old stickers all over it and then the inside was a little stinky with some blue paper that was torn. It was a little daunting – how easy was the inside paper going to come off? What about the outside… and getting those stickers off? Well with a little bit of water and a scrapper the paper came off with a little added elbow grease and help from B. To my surprise, the stickers came off the same way! Although, I still didn’t know how I wanted to finish this sucker.
After doing some research, I liked the look of Hairpin legs and found these 6″ black ones on Amazon, so I purchased – still trying to figure out the color scheme, knowing I could spray paint to match if the black wouldn’t work. I finally decided I was going to stick to the trunks original colors and just bring some life back to it! I loved the gold accents and couldn’t cope with the idea of painting over them in white or another color. After a good clean and a few layers of paint, this trunk was seeing new life.
To finish off this DIY, I finally went with some fabric for the inside vs. peal and stick paper. I thought the fabric would be nice to work with, and a lot of options for the patterns and colors. $18 later we had our fabric picked out, I bought 4-yards just to be safe and within one night cut and place the fabric to line the trunk with 3M Adhesive spray. Before adding the fabric, I did spray the inside with bleach a few times (with weeks in between) to help with the smell and kill anything that might be hanging out!
DIY Cost Breakdown:
- Trunk = $0.00
- Hairpin Legs = $25.00
- Paint Supplies = $12.00
- Fabric = $18
- TOTAL = $55.00
We also figured out a home for this guy, with our Basement Makeover happening, this was another piece of the puzzle that fit just perfectly with the overall look and feel of the space. It’s a little side table and perfect for some extra storage for blankets, games and extra candles! Of course, I love the way it came out and how the gold pops against the black – plus it looks perfect in the new space.