My grandmother was known for many things, amongst them the fact that she was a collector. Of things. Books. Scarves. China. Fabric. Postcards. Jewellery. Knickknacks. In the years since she passed, we – my mother and I – have had to decide what to do with all that stuff she left behind. Who gets what? What do we keep? What do we giveaway? What needs to be discarded?It’s a lot of work, much of which we just keep putting off.

Recently, my mother called, lamenting about the boxes and trunks we had already emptied taking up a lot of space in storage and how she didn’t want to get rid of them because they were of really good quality and mostly still in top shape. Most of them are too large and too heavy to be considered for personal travel. I assured her we’d find good use for them.

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A few hours on Pinterest and voilà!Simple DIY uses for vintage trunks…

The Ottoman
This one is pretty simple, fastening a cushion to the top of a sturdy trunk makes for a nice seat or footstool. You still get to use the inside of the trunk as storage.

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Source: Destinations Vintage

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Source: Home Edit

Coffee Table
No hammering or extra work required. Ditch the conventional coffee table and use big, ol’ trunks instead. You can always repaint the trunk to fit in with the color palette of your living room. Or use it as your pop of color. Store magazines, books, albums, boardgames and other knickknacks taking up extra space inside the trunk.

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Source: Decor and You

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Source: Furnish Burnish

Pet Bed
Have a pet? Save on getting a pet bed and pad up the inside of smaller suitcases and boxes. So fancy, I almost wish I had a pet. Almost.

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Source:Home Talk

Chair
Requires a bit of work, but it can be done. I’d love this in my bedroom or as extra patio furniture. Even works in the living room for that little bit of quirk.

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Source: Aunt Katie’s Attic

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Source: Cozy Bliss

Foot of the bed
Looking for something to put at the foot of the bed? An old trunk works just fine. It can also become sitting space or just somewhere to put your magazines and quick reads.

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Source: Home Edit

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Source: Apartment Therapy

Nightstand
Easy-peasy. Old trunk to nightstand. Works every time.

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Source: Mother Earth Living

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Source: Eclectically Vintage

Cupboards
How cool are these? They may require a bit of work, but I’m convinced it’ll be totally worth it. So quirky. So fun. Anything from medicine cabinet to mini wine cabinet.

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Source: Home Edit

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Source: Oh My – Creative

Dresser
Finally, use a big trunk instead of a regular dresser. Hang a mirror on the wall, and there you go.

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Source: Foter

My work here is done *dusts palms*. These are just a few creative ways to use some of those old trunks gathering dust in storage. Have none around? Ask your grandmother or your grandmother’s sister. Or take some off your neighbor’s hands. Ask somebody. Anybody.

Have any ideas that didn’t make the list? Please share. And if you do use any of these ideas, send us a picture please.

Go do something weird and fun with your space.

Kov.

Written by Nik-Nak