Last summer I stumbled on this Army footlocker for $5 at an estate sale. I loved the character it had– writing, scratches, stickers. So much character in the piece. I instantly knew it had so much potential! So I brought it home, and it’s been sitting in my garage ever since. I’ve been waiting for inspiration to strike, and like a bolt of lightning it finally did!
I honestly did nothing to the trunk except clean it up. It was filthy when I bought it and had been sitting in my garage for a while, so it had quite a bit of dust and cobwebs. Once I cleaned that off, I was done prepping the trunk. Those are my favorite kind of projects- virtually no prep work. The trunk had so much character, and I didn’t want to take away from that.
While the trunk has served many years as a storage trunk, my new plan was to no longer serve just as trunk but still keeping its storage function. In my vision, this little trunk transformed into a table…with storage. Clearly I’m on a storage table kick after my storage basket table, but I love something that has multiple functions!
Since the trunk is industrial, I wanted the legs to mimic that. I also wanted to keep with the midcentury charm of the house, so I opted for hair pin legs. There aren’t any local stores around here that carry them, so I found these beauties (with mounting screws!) on Amazon.
And guess how much they cost me!!!!
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The interior of the lid is stamped. I love the history of this piece. Those scratches are years of use and the perfect charm for this piece.
You know all that random crap that you don’t know where to store? So you throw it in the back of the closet? Or is that just me? This table is perfect because whatever crap (“treasures”) you throw in there isn’t visible.
Hairpin legs come in black, silver, brass, and even some funky colors. They also come in a variety of heights. Eventually, this piece of furniture will act as a sofa table behind my couch, so I made sure to carefully add the height of the legs to the height of the cabinet to make sure it was the perfect height for the sofa. I chose the 16″ legs. Installing them was literally as easy as screwing them into the box. If you can operate a drill, you can install hairpin legs.
I see these military trunks at flea markets, estate sales, and auctions all the time. Up until now, I’ve passed them up because I wasn’t sure how to utilize them. But don’t they make a cool, functional piece? I wish I had Grandpa Mac’s Army box to transform!
In total, I spent $5 on this piece. $5, y’all! I absolutely adore furniture with charm, and that is unique. I think that’s one of the easiest ways to add charm to a space- don’t use cookie cutter, dime-a-dozen furniture. Sure, some anchor pieces that you bought at the big box home store are okay. But throw in some accent pieces that have a story…and then your space has a story.
And a $5 story is always my favorite!