Last fall I found this trunk at the curb and snatched it up, thinking that it would make a great coffee table.
As you can see, the top was splitting, so I first tried to glue it back down, but no go on that attempt.
Then I decided to pull off the loose veneer and patch the top somehow. Meanwhile, I cleaned it up, sealed the inside and brought it in to try it out for size. We tend to eat
Meanwhile, I had cleaned out the garage and the storage space ----yes, I actually have to pay for overflow junk storage, it kills me to do it but helps to keep peace in our household-----readying the garage for winter. And I actually threw a bunch of stuff out that I wasn’t using! A very rare occasion around here, let me tell you.
Well, I put these things out to the curb well before trash day (always want to give fellow Junkers a chance to find my treasures before garbage day to give maximum opportunity)
One of the items in the toss pile was this piece: I know I know, this is the worst picture ever!
I took it 2 summers ago when I only had a cell phone camera to use.
It was something I, of course, picked up at the curb and loved. Hard to tell, but it had a red cross stenciled on the front along with a Capt. Van somebody’s name and address. So I decided back then to use it as a deck box for our furniture cushions out in the gazebo. It worked pretty well after adding a piece of plexi-glass to the top to keep rain out. Only problem, it was way too big for the small space we had in the gazebo. So it remained in storage last summer. Hence the decision to throw it away.
Well that baby sat out at our curb for 5 whole days and NOBODY picked it up! Finally on the 5th day it was going to rain and I could not stand it a moment longer. I grabbed that baby off my curb and brought it inside, to an already cramped breezeway…..
Well……I still needed a coffee table…….
So I brought the top in and set it on the trunk to see how I liked it. hmmmmm, not bad. Kinda rustic, but I like rustic just fine.
A good scrubbing down, some poly to bring out the wood tone,
some old hinges to make it easier to open (great storage for my fleece blankets I love so much)
Here you can see traces of the original stenciled letters. How cool is that?
One problem, it was still hard to eat at this table, mostly because you couldn’t put a drink down on it.
My solution to the uneven surface was to insert some plexi-glass into 2 empty frames, hot glue it in and add rope edging to hide the glue.
Attached some handles to pick up the trays…..
Voila! Coffee table and removable trays to eat off! Problems all solved.
(Forgot to put my fleece blankie away in the trunk before taking this pic.)
Why I put it out to the curb, of course! Would you believe it was gone by morning?
When I was telling Gail about this makeover, her response was….”so let me get this straight, you curbshopped your own curb?” I hadn’t once thought of it that way at the time, but yeah, I guess that’s exactly what I did!
Gotta go now, it’s trash day somewhere!