“Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.” ~Erin Flett, Designer
Over 30 years ago, Mr. Cottage and I needed something to put our television on in our newly added family room. Someone told him their parents were selling some old antique items only a mile from where we lived. Next thing I knew we were bringing this old steamer trunk into our house to put our TV on. I know we got it for a really reasonable price, as in dirt cheap!
Over the years, it eventually became an end table and a great place to store lots of holiday decorations. I’ve seen many that have been restored to their natural beauty and many others that have been transformed by adding feet, different and newer looking metal, paint, new wood and the list goes on and on. We’ve never done anything with ours, except to dust it.
This is the top of our trunk, looking down on it. Considering how old it must be, I really think it’s in pretty good shape, except for some of the leather straps that have broken off. Every now and then I wonder where this trunk has traveled to. The wood is really worn to a super smooth finish, so I know it’s been around for quite some time.
There’s a place inside where a large wood tray used to sit. But what I really love about it is its size. None of our plastic storage tubs can hold anywhere near the amount of items as this old trunk.
It’s hard to see from this photo, but I have some very tall, fragile Christmas items that I can leave standing upright. I was actually going to include this in my blog post about containerizing your clutter, but then I decided this trunk needed its own light to shine on it.
This is where I keep all our special and/or fragile Christmas ornaments, all of them being wrapped individually in tissue paper.
Considering Mr. Cottage and I have been married for nearly 48 years, this trunk has been with us for the better part of those years and at this point, it won’t be going anywhere else. I love how it has its own look and in the rooms its lived in, it has made those rooms look comfy and has helped make our house our home. So, are you lucky enough to own an old steamer trunk?
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