Upcycled Trunk Bookcase

Scott Valentine
by Scott Valentine
The hinge was broken when I got this trunk, so instead of fixing it I decided to try something different.
Here's the before with the plan of attack.
I found a hi-res map graphic that I printed out on 8 regular size pieces of paper. The middle of the graphic is centered on the back wall of the bookcase. I "paint" each page with water to pre-stretch it. Then I mod-podge it to the trunk being careful to gently press out any air bubbles.
I had a small wine crate that fit the basic size of the trunk. With a little adjustment it will serve as a small drawer.
I used some solid oak strips for the drawer rails and runners. After a lot of sanding I rubbed candle wax over the rails and runners so that everything will glide smoothly
I cut down a pine board to make shelves for the inside, sanded, stained and gave them a clear coat of poly. They'll be screwed through the sides of the trunk to hold them in place.
I cut the feet from a piece of 2x4 on my table saw. I just screw through the bottom of the trunk to attach them.
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Scott Valentine
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