5 Clever Ways to Rework Vintage Trunks Into Functional Décor


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Ideas for decorating with antique trunks

Repurposing antique finds into purposeful statement pieces of furniture has always been one of our favorite ways to decorate. Similar to the way we’ve given tips for decorating with antique ladders, today we’re excited to share five of our favorite ideas for reworking vintage trunks into pieces of functional decor with the added bonus of storage benefits.

We just love old steamer trunks — they possess such a rich quality filled with history and stories untold. Trunks work double duty as a table surface and provide an immense amount of concealed storage for all those things you’d like to keep out of sight. We refashioned our own vintage trunk into a TV stand fit with caster wheels for our own home.

Coffee and Side Tables
Bring a trunk into your living space, using it as a side or coffee table to complement your sofa and round out your furniture arrangement. Add a glass top for a flat surface, add casters or legs for additional height or leave your trunk in its original form to add just the right amount of “je ne sais quoi” to your space.

Coffee Table Trunks

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Nightstands and Bedside Tables
Add an eclectic element to the bedroom by using an antique trunk as a nightstand. Stack with luggage for height and decorate with your favorite bedside lamp and accessories for added interest and function.

Trunk Bedside Tables

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With a little cushioning, a trunk can be transformed into a seating space. Position under a window for an instant window bench or in the entry or mudroom for a quick place to change and store shoes.

Trunk Seating Benches

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Consoles and Bars
Completely upgrade a trunk by adding table legs to make an entryway console or dresser — or open up panels to create a compact bar for storing your favorite spirits at an arm’s length.

Trunk Dresser

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Open Storage
Prop open and display trunks for a decorative shelving system. Store everything from books to toys and shoes for an eye-catching  look and conversation starter.

Open Trunk Storage

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Looking for more creative decorating ideas? Check out our 5 favorite ways for decorating with vintage ladders and learn the secret behind creating a perfectly put together wall gallery.

Mary & Tim

Keep up with Mary and Tim’s adventures in DIY, home and gardening on their collaborative lifestyle blog, 17Apart. Find them on Instagram (@17Apart) and page through delicious recipes on Tim’s food blog, E.A.T.

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