Thursday, November 5, 2009

Using Trunks as Coffee Tables


my living space

I love the idea of using old trunks or suitcases as coffee tables. This is my little trunk which I picked up on Ebay (or try theoldboathouse) for $50. It was actually an old blanket/toy box. Someone had made it by hand from wooden crates and the like. It was a horrid dark brown so I sanded it back and gave it one coat of white paint. I didn't want it to be perfect and already there are scratches all over it from moving things around on top, like drinks, food, books and shells. But that's just how I like it thanks.
PS: Baby Bird still going great. It has been 10 days now in my care. I am currently teaching it how to fly- ie: throwing it up in the air and hoping it does!

45 comments:

  1. Oh it looks perfect in your living space :)

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  2. Totally agree love old trunks or even toy boxes as coffee tables. Thought your large shell was gorgeous. Sandy

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  3. I used to have trunks as a coffee table..and I love the idea of a few old suitcases for side tables...!!

    Yours looks fantastic! So glad to hear that the little bird is coming along swimmingly!

    Have a wonderful day/evening, Simone!

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  4. normally i am not a fan of this look, BUT in your beachy setting i think it is casually perfect.

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  5. Simone, it looks fabulous. Love the trunk..., I'm also an admirer of old sea captains chests. And you've got a giant shell too!

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  6. Simone,

    The trunk is terrific! It is perfect for your space.

    Marjorie

    P.S. Good news about little bird.

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  7. Your table is lovely Simone. It's perfectly imperfect!

    Love and hugs,
    Karyn

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  8. Hi Simone, They say great minds think alike, haha. Thanks for the link.Your trunk certainly looks fab now you have given it the love it deserves. And I must say I very much love the skirt on the couch behind it. Glad to hear baby bird doing so well, I hope he stays close to home once he flys away, you will miss him, cheers Katherine

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  9. I thought you meant tree trunks!! I saw that at Anthropologie....I like your trunks better though...And useful too! A great place to hide everything when company stops in.

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  10. That looks great! One coat of paint was perfect!

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  11. A Very nice find! it looks perfect in the spot!

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  12. I love what you have done with that chest. Its got great rustic beach character. I might give one ago myself actually!

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  13. I know it wasn't meant to be funny but I did laugh out laugh when I read that you are throwing baby bird up in the air and hoping it flies. You are too sweet! Of course your decor looks great as usual. x

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  14. I was just wondering where you found a photo of such a gorgeous living area only to scroll down and see that it was yours!! I love it. Love old trunks and especially love the white-washed look of yours. Glad baby bird is doing well.

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  15. I love old trunks used like this too. Mine has only recently been retired from coffee table service into our tv stand... ideal as I use it for presents for birthday parties and Christmas etc that I pick up when they are on sale, and having the tv on it means the kids can't sneak any peaks inside!
    Clare x

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  16. They looks fab - and a great bargain too. So pleased to hear little birdy is doing so well! You're a great substitute mummy!! :-)

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  17. Cool! My mom used an old trunk for a coffee table, too.

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  18. What a good mommy bird you are...you are too sweet for words.

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  19. love it! I was actually considering using one but didn't think it would fit my style??

    love your blog too!

    Shellagh

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  20. What a beautiful and practical solution, Simone!

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  21. Very Nifty.
    Good news about the baby bird!!

    Melinda

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  22. Yay for the baby bird!

    I'm currently using an old cedar chest, but the shabby old trunks rotate in & out. Just like you, I love em :-)

    Happy Day,
    ~Julia

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  23. I LOVE that idea!! i have a special trunk i found in germany in the TRASH and it's yellow chippy shabby wonderful!! i used it forever as a coffee table. the kids jumped on it, drew on it, ate on it, laid on it and played on it and it withstood all of that with style!!
    thanks for sharing.
    sue

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  24. That is awesome!!!! And for $50???? Uber-awesome!

    m ^..^

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  25. Love the whitewash finish - it looks fabulous! Leigh

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  26. Hi Simone!
    I so love opening your blog, its like unwrapping a present..always something lovely to find inside!
    I agree with your idea about trunks, looks very old world/vintage & different to just an ordinary coffee table.
    Jas

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  27. I love your living area and you are a wonderful Mamma bird Simone. xx

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  28. Simone your table and your living room are lovely!

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  29. That's lovely! Isn't it amazing how almost anything can be vastly improved by making it Not Brown?

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  30. The trunk looks wonderful~~I have done that in the past also. But, I broke down and spent $20 on a 1940's coffee table and painted in black. It works nicely. My grandson uses it as a dinner table, lol.

    Your sofa throw, is that a bedspread?? I really like the way it looks~

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  31. Oh bless you with the little bird - just caught up on that! I hope you succeed and he grows up to be big and strong...though I worry that he might not be able to easily fend for himself in the wild... :( I love animals too - we've rescued a few cats in our time...

    Plus, I love the trunk - gorgeous!!! xxx

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  32. love what you did! our coffee table is made from a talented craftsmen on cape cod where i live and it's one of my favorite pieces in my house the top is butternut color maple and the base is the base of an old woodstove. the combination is spectacular. :)

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  33. you can not even imagine how much i would like to take a cup of coffee with you at this lovely coffee table ;)
    the cuscions on your sofa are made from the same toile as my sofa!
    have a sweet day!
    justyna

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  34. You're becoming such a good bird mama! Oh, I've loved trunks as coffee tables since I was first married with young children. Something about a trunk just calls my name. So versatile, usable storage and pretty to boot. Looks lovely there!
    Brenda

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  35. I love old trunks! That couch is beautiful - is that a bedspread on it?

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  36. Hi everyone, I have had a lot of comments about the spread on the sofa behind. Yes it is a vintage bedspread. I just tucked it into the sofa.

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  37. Me too! We had a giant old trunk in our bedroom at the end of the bed and decided to move it to the living room instead. It's the best place for it. Not only can we pile it with pretty things, we can push those things out of the way and put our feet up on it when we want and even store all of our board games inside!

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  38. Hi Simone, I have a trunk coffee table too!
    I had to giggle when you said you are currently teaching your bird to fly...I had visions of you jumping off tables!
    Sue

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  39. Congrats bird mama! I've been searching for a trunk to use as our coffee table but all the ones I find are rounded on top. Sigh, the search continues!

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  40. Such a nice collections Tables,here i have got more about different type of Tables and Trunks like Coffee Tables,Dorm Trunks, Footlockers, Kid Treasure Chest and many more...

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