Thursday, June 2, 2011

DIY Antique Steamer Trunk

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:

Front View

Back View

The Innards
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. 

I clearly had nothing to do with this DIY, but have to give thanks to my super fantastically talented husband.  I heart you.

I will be linking this post with I Heart Organizing's linky party for Project: Projects and Show and Share Day at Just a Girl. Head on over to see some awesome projects!


  1. You should totally put it at the end of your bed! (If I had it that's where I would put it :P)

  2. That is really awesome- what a gorgeous piece! I keep seeing them and considering tackling one, but so many different materials on one item scares me. Doing the inside must have been a bear! Kudos on a lovely final product!

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  4. What a great makeover. Now, I know what to do with mine. Great post! I've added you to my followeres list. Won't you stop by and follow us too? We'll love to have you! Hugs! Loretta

  5. That's an amazing DIY. You have one very talented hubster, and one very talented eye for design.

  6. I've been wanting a trunk for my coffee-table, but haven't found something that grabs me. Yours turned out great! My search continues.

  7. Love what you did here - I have the neatest old trunk I found at an estate sale from WW II Trying to restore it but not sure how. Thanks for sharing at Just a Girl! Got some ideas on how to fix it up from your post :)

  8. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  9. Hello fello Canadian! Love this revamp! We have 3 of these trunks (I kid you not) in our basement as we speak! And I never knew what to do with them! Thank you for the inspiration!

  10. Yay! You came! Thank you for sharing this at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This trunk turned out so lovely.

  11. The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop has grown for the better because of your participation. Thanks for linking up this great post! :)

  12. What a great transformation! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

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