Oh but wait, why were we moved to buy this disgusting piece of rotten wood and cardboard? Well I had the idea from my cousin Lydia, who has a long-time trunk obsession, that we could make a nightstand for Jay using an antique trunk. You know, since he's a pilot and travels a bunch and stuff. We scoured Craigslist for a few weeks, but couldn't find anything for less than $150. As you all know, Jay has a skewed idea of how much things cost and is horrified by any household object priced at more than $20 (yes, this includes rugs and furniture). He was keeping his alarm clock on phone charger on the floor, which admittedly isn't super aesthetically pleasing, but it wasn't my alarm clock on the floor so I gave up worrying about it. Boys, amiright?
But then, one fateful day in midtown in a nasty hot attic we found this looker of a trunk for, guess what? $20. Eureka? Anyways, here's the before pics. I wish I could someone transmit the smell through the internet so you guys could get the full experience. Suffice to say I began to call it the Tuberculosis Trunk and made it live outside shortly after these photos were taken.
We decided that we wanted to keep the original green color of the outside, but thought leather would give it a really sleek, expensive look. I personally was hoping for some sort of ostrich or mock-ostrich but Jay really like the basic moss green, and since its his nightstand he got to pick. But seriously how cool would ostrich have been?
Next we new we wanted to use metal for the edges, and Jay decided to paint them brown to go with the original look of the trunk and to not look overly industrial. He got strips of metal, cut them to size, bent them to fit around the corner of the trunk and pre-drilled holes for the rivets before priming and spray-painting them a nice glossy brown.