This fabulous trunk coffee table started because Bryan needed a new coffee table. Our original coffee table was scratched, dinged up and in desperate need of updating. We decided the best place to start was Consign and Design in Broomall, PA. Bryan went to college with the owner and the place is a great find. If you visit make sure to buy something quickly as the items in this store turn over pretty quickly. There it was sitting on its side against the wall, a semi-old trunk. I had seen in a couple of DIY magazines trunk coffee tables and thought what a great idea. I was hesitant, however, after my teal fiasco. So, I proceeded with caution.
Bryan and I set to work. My first thought was to add legs with metal castors. As soon as we started working I realized the castors were probably too trendy and decided against them in favor of simple turned wooden legs. The castors would have been tricky when I put my foot up on the coffee table. We don’t need a highly mobile coffee table when drinks are involved. We stained the legs with a dark stain giving them a color matching the table. After we were finished, I could not believe the transformation, it looked great. Now we have a one of a kind coffee table that totally fits in with the rest of the house.
After using the trunk for a few weeks, I realized that my normal coasters would not fit on the top. The grooves were not wide enough for standard coasters. No problem, I found a wonderful set of vintage coasters at another great antique mall that i frequent, Pennsbury Chadds Ford Antique Mall.
The trunk coffee table looks great, provides excellent storage and has held up for years.