DIY Treasure Chest

I’ve always had a fascination with trunks. Even as a child watching “Mr.Dress Up,” my sister and I were so envious of his tickle trunk and the amazing costumes that he had in them. Well this fascination turned into an obsession and has carried on to my adulthood.

For years now, I’ve been on a serious hunt for a vintage trunk at a great price. In the spring of 2010 I finally found one in Guelph at the Aberfoyle Antique Market. However, the price was out of my budget. Which lead me to the option of bargaining. Luckily my sister and I were able to get the owner down from $75.00 CAD to $35.00 CAD. What can I say, the Indian in us really comes out when we are bartering!

Originally I was going to keep the green leather but I was very curious to see what the condition of the wood was so I decided to strip the leather off. By doing this, I was able to expose the wood. I liked the look, so I decided to sand the wood down and finished it off with a varnish. The interior remains the same, I know I still have some work to complete on this wonderful gem. So far, I’m very happy with result. My obsession has a multi-purpose- it now acts as storage and a coffee table in my living room. All I know is, it’s a dream come true!

Take a look to see the before and after…



3 Responses to DIY Treasure Chest

  1. Jill May 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    This looks so cool Natasha! Great find and great job!

  2. Vick Vale May 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    this is absolutely stunning.

  3. Abaren Simaris July 24, 2018 at 8:29 am #

    I love it. Have to do something similar for myself.

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