trunk to coffee table DIY.

Sep 19, 2012

I have had this old trunk for forever and a day.
My parents gave it to me for my birthday one year.
They had stuffed all of my presents into it and placed a big bow on it.
I actually remember opening it! 

As a girl I filled it with pictures, soccer trophies, super secret diaries, dolls, etc. It was my secret place all for me. 
I would periodically spend hours looking through it all and reminiscing. 
As I got older I stopped filling it and recently it started gathering dust in storage...sad.
So...I came upon this post and knew exactly what I wanted to do.

trunk Coffee table.
We needed a budget-friendly option so this was perfect. 
I also love any excuse to DIY something!

the supplies
4 wooden legs
4 nuts, bolts + washers
spray paint (if you like)

how-to do it: 
1) spray paint all of the legs any color you desire
2) drill 4 holes into the bottom of the chest (in each corner)
3) screw in the legs
4) on the inside place the washer + bolt over the screw and tighten 
5) [optional] if your chest has a lot of wear + tear (like mine) you may want to sand it down, spray paint some spots and buff the metal a bit

I even put all of our albums in there so that guests can look through them...
 I can continue to open my old trunk and re-live old memories. Just like old times.
I actually think this is the perfect Fall coffee table to have!


I will be sharing more home/design DIYs from now on.
You'll have to tell me what you think.


I love you, husband. 

Pin It


  1. Love this DIY! Love that it has a story behind it favorite part :)

  2. What a fun idea! And love that it was an old birthday gift, too!

  3. wow! great job! it looks amazing.

  4. You are a GENIUS!! It's beautiful! Hahaha...I remember hiding in that trunk for hide 'n seek more! Grazie, bellissima:)

  5. you may officially color me impressed! it turned out lovely, Camille!!

  6. Such a great idea. Perfect addition to any travel themed room.


Leave me some sugarrrr, shugaaa.

Follow me on Instagram too! @lifeinmod

Pin It button on image hover