DIY Trunk Table (without drilling into or damaging the trunks!)

So I needed a console behind my couch. A place to kind of set off an entry area behind the living room part of our Great Room, just after you open the door.

I love the colors and bold patterns we went with for the room’s design. We already had the carpet, the couches, curtains, the antique table, and the two antique chairs (from the “haunted house”, which you can read about here). Darlene helped me choose the rest and here is the look that emerged, on our Great Room’s Design board she created:

I love the console we chose for the room initially, all black marble and gilded iron. It is stunning–you can see it peaking out from behind the couch in the design board, and eventually we’ll buy it. But right now we have so many rooms to complete in our relatively new to us house, that we have to start with basics (seating, lighting) before things like consoles. So when we found out baby #3 was on the way, and I knew I’d be setting up a “big boy” room as well as redoing a nursery, I came to terms with the fact that the console will have to wait a little longer.

But every time I passed these two steamer trunks stacked on our landing, they made me think. Black and gold, just like the dream console… could I used them behind the couch? Of course they were way to short, but I’d seen those table legs they sell at Home Depot. I refused to drill into the trunks, but  finally realized I could just build a little table for the trunks and set them on top!


I don’t use power saws, and my husband doesn’t either (we’re just the sort of nerdy doctors that would accidently cut off a finger or two and not be able to practice our healing arts…), so the Home Depot cut them for me, no complaints. I wanted to gild the legs, to go with the gold. And so I did, and then attached the brackets, which was easy with a power screwdriver (I will brave that, and a drill), and screwed in the legs. I knew the raw MDF edges needed to be black, but was sure they’d soak up paint and not be as dark as I wanted, so I just taped them with black electrical tape, which added a sheen, made them disappear under the trunks, and cost next to nothing, with no one the wiser.

So now my trunk tables sit happily behind my couch, waiting for the lamps I ordered. I think in total, it cost me about $25 for both little tables. The room is SO close to being complete!

I’ll be back tomorrow with my “Fit Friday” post. I know–I missed last friday. I’ll explain more tomorrow, but it was quite a week–I was sick with a few different things, and then almost better but then Strep throat hit me and wow, did it knock me over! I’m almost back to fully functioning now, and eager to get back in the swing of things.

I’m linking this post up to Thrifty Thursday at Living Well Spending Less, as well as the William Morris Project at Pancakes and Frenchfries.

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • May May 24, 2013, 12:51 AM

    What a smart way to get the look without permanently changing the trunks!

  • Melissa May 24, 2013, 9:01 AM

    What a clever solution! I love the black tape–very sneaky! :)

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