DIY Trunk Coffee Table

By CHT Media
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CHT Media
November 7, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
 DIY Trunk Coffee Table
An old trunk transformed into a trendy industrial-looking coffee table. (CHT Media)

Dear Marc,
I found an old trunk at a flea market. Although it looks pretty old, I think it would make a great accent piece in my home. Where should I place it to get the best look?

Dear Beverly,
Don’t you just love antique hunting? It’s one of those things where everything has such beauty, charm, and most importantly—history. Where did this trunk come from? It makes you wonder if it was part of a travelling show, or just used to store valuables.

I believe antiques have a special place in our homes, just as family memorabilia have a place in our hearts. They make great accent pieces; trunks in particular make fabulous coffee tables. They are sturdy and offer a hard surface for our favourite magazines and books. In a few simple steps, we’ll transform your trunk into a trendy, industrial-looking coffee table.

– Trunk
– Four large caster wheels
– Nuts, bolts and washers
– Set of wrenches
– Drill with appropriate drill bit

Step 1. Flip the trunk upside down and drill holes in each corresponding corner to allow the bolts to hold the caster wheels in place.

Step 2. Align the caster wheels with the holes and pass the bolts through the holes and secure with a washer and nut.

Step 3. Flip the trunk onto its wheels and place it in your living room. Place a few select accessories on it and proudly display it for everyone to see.

Marc Atiyolil is a celebrity designer, the Editor-in-Chief of Home Trends Magazine, a design expert on CTV, host of the TV series DIY Hotline and the host of the Marc Atiyolil Show on To subscribe to Home Trends Magazine, visit

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