We found this trunk at a thrift store a few years ago and we purchased it while simultaneously swearing we’d replace that ugly fabric someday. Years passed and that trunk sat at the end of our bed, accumulating blankets and dust. Then, while scavenging for scrap fabric back in August, we came across the BEST fabric that just happened to be the exact right size.
So we decided to do something with it. First, we took apart the trunk. Then we sanded it. And sanded it. And sanded it some more.
…two months later we finally stained it. Then we purchased new foam pads (the old ones were scary and subsequently chewed on by cats) and finally got down to the actual business of refurbishing.
Gluing on the new pads.
Ironing the new fabric.
Stapling on the new fabric.
Admiring our first attempt at securing fabric.
Necessary cat inspections.
It looks pretty good, if I do say so myself. We probably could have sanded it some more (forever), but I don’t mind the oddly distressed look. The darker stain definitely works better with the fabric. It was a pretty straight-forward DIY.
And the not-so-secret secret? We both plan on this going in the future nursery, someday. Between that pachyderm fabric I found in August and this, I feel like we’re pretty much set.