Monday, 25 May 2015

diy: trunk transformation

I have been struggling with this little trunk for almost a year. Initially painting it black and spray painting the trim and hardware gold, it never looked quite right. I had been using it as my coffee table, but felt too heavy for the space and the rest of my d├ęcor. When I moved back home, I had used it as a place to keep my parent’s stereo, and was shoved into a corner in the dining room and forgotten about. 

This weekend my sister, brother-in-law and two-month-old nephew will be moving in for the summer. My mom and I have been busy transforming the basement (which had been my office/homework space) into a bachelor pad for the little family. 

We installed a wall-to-wall built-in, rearranged the furniture and made several trips to the Goodwill (drop-offs only, no more shopping allowed). We were smart about everything we brought into the room, opting to keep pieces the pieces that were practical, functional and small-scale. 

When it came time to choose a coffee table, I wanted to bring back the trunk. It was compact and there was an opportunity to refinish the inside, and use it for storage (something I had always meant to do, but just lacked the time). That same week while perusing Instagram, I spotted a room Emily Henderson had styled for Target, and noticed that the coffee table she used was a white trunk. Fast-forward a few days later, and my old trunk is now sporting a crisp, clean shade of white. Light and airy, it matches the tone of the room, and blends in perfectly. 

The rest of the room is very close to being complete, but still in need of a few minor tweaks.

**For both versions of the trunk I used a matte wall paint from Para. Hardware and trim was spray painted, and have held up perfectly. 









9 comments:

  1. very cute idea :) I have a gorgeous old truck I use as a coffee table, hadnt thought to do it up though!

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    1. Thanks Lu! If you do, keep me posted on the results :)
      x Ashley

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  2. What a great idea!! Looks great and can be doubled as an excellent storage solution!
    via BlogFair (Mummy Do It)

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    1. Thank you! the next half of the project will be to recover the inside.
      Thanks for reading :)

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  3. Love how this turned out! I just bought a vintage trunk off of Craigslist and I'm planning on turning it into a bar, but now I feel like I need to go find another one so I can create this! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! This is going to be one of my features this week. Hope to see you tonight for another party!

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    1. Thank you! So happy to be featured again.
      Looking forward to seeing how your bar turns out!! Keep me posted and I may have to find another trunk as well :)

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  4. Love the trunk redo and such an adorable helper too! I have an older house with a long narrow living room and while I couldn't use this as a coffee table, I sure could use it for some needed storage! Thanks for sharing with us at the Creative Challenge upcycle party!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! Agreed, they're great for storage, you can fit a ton of stuff in there.

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  5. Looks great, love the new colour. Think your dog likes it too! Thanks for sharing with the #BlogFair. Hope you can visit again next week.

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