House Happenings

So, He’s a Bit of a Fixer-Upper

A Bit of a Fixer-Upper // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Last week, my mom gave Ash a call to tell her there was a guy at her office who had an old steamer trunk that he was taking to the dump. When she saw it, she immediately thought of us and called to ask if we wanted it. Knowing I have a soft spot for vintage trunks, Ashley said, “Sure, why not?!” The next day, my mom brought over this guy…

A Bit of a Fixer-Upper // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Sure, it’s been through the wringer a few times, and it needs a lot of TLC, but it’s pretty awesome, right? There’s no indication as to how old it is, but as far as I know, it fits firmly into the “pretty dang old” category.

A Bit of a Fixer-Upper // 7thhouseontheleft.com

One of the leather straps is broken, but I’m hoping that will be a relatively easy fix. Other than that, a few nails are missing from the metal parts, and the lock no longer works. Fixing the lock might be out of the question, but I have a good idea of how I could probably fix and clean up the rest of this “fixer-upper.”

A Bit of a Fixer-Upper // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The inside is even dirtier than the outside – which is why it’s currently hanging out on the covered patio until we get it cleaned up. I have a feeling the original owner took a look inside and said, “I’m not messing with that.” Hence why it was in the back of his truck for disposal. One cool little detail is the pocket on the inside of the lid that I’m guessing would have been used to hold important papers and such.

Trunk Makeover Inspiration // 7thhouseontheleft.com

So, naturally, Ash is drumming up ideas on what to do with it. She’s thinking the best place for it might be in the guest bedroom, serving as a side table next to the chair (the one we’re hoping to replace sometime soon) in the corner. I think, if it turns out to look really cool, it should go in the living room, where we can show it off. Another option would be to put it in my office to balance out all of the modern aesthetics. It would be a great place for my record player and records. I guess we’ll see where it takes us. Inspiration photos from above found here, here and here.

While I have you guys here, I have a really quick favor to ask. We are very excited to be up for the JDR Industry Blogger Awards in the Remodeling category again this year! We were lucky enough to win in the same category last year and are honored to be nominated again. If you can spare 15 seconds of your time, Ashley and I would love your vote! It only takes two clicks (or taps if you’re on a mobile device), and there’s no registration or logging in required. Just click here and vote. Just like last year, if we win, a portion of the winnings will go directly towards Habitat for Humanity. We really appreciate your support!

Disclosure: My Frozen-loving wife was totally responsible for title of this post.

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Kerri
    April 9, 2014 at 11:56 am

    ooh, i love truly vintage chests. can’t wait to see what y’all decide!

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    Erin
    April 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    that title immediately got me singing “so he’s a bit of a fixer upper, so he’s a got a few flaws…” can’t wait to see what you do with the chest.. and happily voted for you guys!

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      Ashley
      April 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Haha, having that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day was definitely the intention! And thank you so so much for the vote!

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    Melissa
    April 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Oh, I vote for the record storage! That would be really neat.

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    Megan
    April 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Love the post title, Ashley! 😉

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      Ashley
      April 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Why thank you, thank you ; )

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    Leah
    April 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Why can I never come across neat finds like this?? That’s so awesome! I’m sure it will be great when you guys finish with it.

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    Sarah B
    April 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I voted!! And Ioved the post title too. ha!

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    Christy
    April 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Amazing find! I wish there was a way to find out how old it is.

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    Colleen
    April 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    LOVE that trunk! Growing up, my parents refinished a large trunk that was used in our living room for blankets and board games. If they fit correctly, using the trunk for records could be an awesome twist on storage. Can’t wait to see the final result and what you two decide. 🙂

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    sarah m. dorsey
    April 9, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    You find the best stuff!! 🙂 Love it!

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    John @ AZ DIY Guy
    April 9, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    What a find. I’ve seen old steamer trunks in much worse shape at flea markets selling for ridiculous prices, hundreds of dollars. All I have is half of one that my folks split into coffee tables back in the 70’s.

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    Casey
    April 10, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I have one just like it that has been refurbished. (Christmas gift from my then fiance, now hubby, 24 years ago). It sits at the foot of our bed and holds memories, our fireproof box with important papers, and things we want to pass down to the kids. The inside is fabric. Have fun with it!

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    Angie
    April 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Hey Guys, just wanted you to know that I’m fairly new to your blog, but I love it!
    Thanks for all the great ideas you’ve given me already, my mind is spinning with so many possibilities…:)

    Also, love the trunk and I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

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      Ashley
      April 10, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Thank you so much!!

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    Sarah
    April 15, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Wow that’s great! I personally love the rustic-ness of it as it is. So much character and such a story to tell. Do as little as you have to do to it.

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