Trunk Coffee Tables

When I was younger, I babysat for a family that had an old wooden steamer trunk as a coffee table. I loved that! It was the perfect place to store blankets and boardgames and it added a lot of character to the space. I've noticed that using a trunk as a coffee table is still going strong:
via Pinterest
via Style by Emily Henderson
Cassandra Lavalle via Coco & Kelly
via Lonny Mag April 2010
^ Love this lucite option!
via Peppermint Bliss
So you can imagine how excited I was when I left my house yesterday to bike to work and found this baby right outside my garage tipped upside down and left for the garbage man:
Being the hoarder lover of all good design opportunities that I am, I immediately dragged it into the garage and wrote my name on it in the dust. It needs some TLC but who doesn't love a good DIY project? You can't really tell from this crappy iPhone pic (I was running late for work by this time okay?!) but it's a gorgeous navy laquer. Once the gold bits are all shined up (and reattached..ahem), it's going to be a real showstopper. I still can't believe my luck! I've always referred to the alley behind my garage as 'garbage alley' but maybe treasure alley would be more appropriate?

And don't worry, I biked extra hard and made it to work with 2 minutes to spare ;). Sometimes you can have it all folks!
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jackie jade said...[Reply]

ahhh what an amazing find! can't wait to see how you spruce it up. lucky girl :)
-- jackie @ jade and oak

Leanne said...[Reply]

Great inspiration and I love the trunk find! Can't wait to see where it ends up :)

Alexa said...[Reply]

Such a great idea. We used a trunk in a small studio that we had in the city and it was perfect! Didn't take up too much space.

Natalie said...[Reply]

I love this look as well. It's practical and such a great anchor piece. We splurged on a great trunk from PB and angled it in the corner of our den; we use it as some additional seating (for very light people), and for storage of linens, blankies and games. (That's a trunk full of fun, right there!) So excited for your treasure and can't wait to see it all spruced up!

Laura Dro said...[Reply]

Lucky Duck! i never come across things like was meant to be.

Blue and gold is classic, you really found a gem:)


Mandy Campbell said...[Reply]

AH I love it! What a great find!

Unknown said...[Reply]

What a great find! This piece is so versatile and the colour is perfect. Can't wait to see what you do with it xoxo

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...[Reply]

That's amazing! It's perfect!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...[Reply]

great score! I can't wait to see it all gussied up :)

Hannah said...[Reply]

Oh my gosh what a find! I love the color of it too. I would love to have a Louis Vuitton trunk or a mirrored trunk.

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Patty Rumaker said...[Reply]

Oh, what a very nice find! Wish someone would leave stuff out for the trash man like that around me. Lovely pictures!
Thanks, Patty

Unknown said...[Reply]

I have one but it's no blue lacquer goddess like yours- can't wait to see her all cleaned up!

srldesign said...[Reply]

Wow..what a find! I would have done the same thing! Love it :)

Unknown said...[Reply]

Can't wait to see what you are going to do with it!!!

Julia@Cuckoo4Design said...[Reply]

I love the brass trunks and the lucite trunks. So pretty but so out of my price range!

Katherine said...[Reply]

I love "treasure" finds on the side of the road ... always makes for a great story when someone compliments you on it! Can't wait to see it cleaned up and in place :)

Michaela said...[Reply]

It's going to be amazing!!! Can't wait to see :)

Linda {Calling it Home} said...[Reply]

Now that is fate! I love all the images you showed, so this will be fun to watch you transform.

Unknown said...[Reply]

Love it! Can't wait to see the results :)