Steamer Trunk Coffee Table

Took this ten dollar find and repurposed it for a handy coffee table for my gazebo. All it took was a good sanding to reveal the handsome wood strapping. I also brightened the dull paint of the box by sanding and painting over with a matching acrylic paint coat of brown for the sides and black for the top. A little orange oil revitalized the leather straps and the wooden trim!

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Jo-Ann Fleishman

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  • Dylanthomasp
    on Jun 10, 2015

    Lucky you, I can't find one for less than $50 and in worse condition than yours.

    • Jo-Ann Fleishman
      on Jun 19, 2015

      Sorry to hear that. I found this one in pretty bad condition. I had to fix some punctures in the side panels an also paint it to give it a spruced up, yet preserve its shabby chic look. Keep looking!

  • Debbie
    on Jun 18, 2015

    I have on and would love it on my deck but what about the rain damaging it?

    • Jo-Ann Fleishman
      on Jun 19, 2015

      This project was more for interior use. I painted the steamer trunk on my deck and staged it there. Eventually, I placed this in the guest bedroom as a table tray by the love seat for morning coffee and reading material.

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