Vintage Trunk Turned Coffee Table

For the past month my Nana (and her kids) have been purging, donating, throwing out, and purging some more because she recently downsized from a two family home to an apartment. I have acquired a lotof treasures during this process, and lucky for me literally no one else wants the things I do. Perks of being a fixer upper kind of gal I guess?


Among the treasures was this trunk from the 1920s, which was buried so deep in my grandmother’s basement I had no idea it existed until about two weeks ago. I hauled it back from her house and spent a little over an hour cleaning it with white vinegar (all over) and Bar Keeper’s friend (on the brass and copper). The white vinegar is gentle enough to clean and remove stains, but not damage the almost 100 year old piece. The BKF cleaned and shined the fixtures. Then I got a toothbrush to scrub the whole thing to make sure all the residue from the cleaner was removed.

After all that was done and dried, the piece itself felt really dehydrated. I waxed all the wooden strapping and after asking around I think I’m going to try and find some saddle soap for the leather.

These are all cell phone pictures, so please excuse the poor quality, but here’s how it’s looking in my living room now…

I know, I know– you wish you had a sectional covered with sheets and a giant cat tree in your living room too. It’s the latest in home decor. (We have 3 cats and 2 dogs…)


It’s a little small for the space, but now that it’s been there a few days I don’t really mind- it gives the dogs rooms to easily move around it and doesn’t overpower the already smallish space.

Someday I’ll figure how on earth to photograph this room so that the windows aren’t blown out, and the furniture isn’t so dark looking. But in the meantime, I’m going to drink some tea on that couch and snuggle a pup. 🙂