Through our addictive watching of HGTV, we saw steamer trunks being used as coffee tables and were inspired to make it work for us!
My husband took his search to the handy-dandy, always helpful Craigslist where we found this beauty:
Apparently, this steamer trunk came over from England full of potatoes over 100 years ago. So says the guy we bought it off of, who bought it from a guy in Calgary eight years ago.
We bought this trunk for $100. When we look at other antique steamer trunks for sale, they are significantly more expensive. It's nutters.
As you can see from the photo's, its in a bit of rough shape, you might also say that it looks over a hundred years old.
While we wanted an antique looking trunk, we didn't want a dumpy looking, beat-up and ratty trunk sitting in the middle of our living room.
So, my husband sanded and stained the wood trim, primed and re-painted the metal, and repaired or removed the canvas and repainted. He also ripped out the paper from the inside, sanded and stained it.
|Had to throw this one in... because my puppy is so cute!|
I absolutely LOVE how it turned out. It far exceeded my expectations!
As this project was getting closer and closer to the end, my husband became less and less sure that he wanted it to be our coffee table, and more and more that it should be somewhere else in our living room.
At this point, I'm not sure where it will go, but I'm super pleased with how it turned out.