Thursday, 18 July 2013

Repurposing Steamer Trunks

Are your parents like mine?  Do they never throw anything away...EVER?  I used to constantly berate them about their hoarding habits, but their garage has now turned into a veritable decorating gold mine for me. 

I've always wanted end of bed storage or seating, but didn't really want to spend a lot of money on an item of furniture that, frankly, is more fashion than function.

Until I came across these gorgeous steamer trunks in my parents' garage, complete with aging labels and slightly rusted.  Perfect shabby look for my place.

I just cleaned them up a bit and added a deck chair cushion from Bunnings and linen cushions from Target. They actually turned out to be very comfortable seating, and great storage.  And the look cost next to nothing.

What I love most is that these trunks contained my mother's trousseau when she first left India as a young bride over thirty years ago.  I'm so glad I've been able to repurpose them in this way rather than throwing them out or letting them collect dust.

When I had some things shipped to me in a steamer trunk, I turned it into my coffee table.  It's probably the most remarked about piece in my house.

Repurposing is a bit of a buzz word right now.  Really it's just a creative way to turn the mundane into something special, or to preserve the sentimental in a unique way.  It's what makes your home truly yours, and gives the most everyday of objects new meaning. Not to mention it's environmentally friendly and cheap.

Till next time!

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