how to make a steamer trunk into a coffee table


Transform a Steamer Trunk into a Coffee Table

Step One: Gather the supplies

  • Steamer trunk in good condition
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint in desired color
  • Foam brush or rollers
  • Polyurethane varnish
  • High-density foam
  • Fabric for the cushion
  • Screws
  • Foam glue
  • Heat gun

Step Two: Prep the Trunk

  • Wash the trunk thoroughly with a mild soap and water solution.
  • Sand the trunk using medium and fine sandpaper.
  • Clean off any excess dust or dirt.

Step Three: Paint the Trunk

  • Paint the trunk with the desired color.
  • Apply two to three coats of paint.
  • Let the paint completely dry before applying the varnish.

Step Four: Varnish the Trunk

  • Apply one or two coats of polyurethane varnish to the trunk.
  • Let the varnish dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Buff the trunk with a dry cloth.

Step Five: Insert a Foam Pad

  • Measure the top of the trunk.
  • Cut a piece of high-density foam to fit the top of the trunk.
  • Glue the foam to the top of the trunk with a foam glue.

Step Six: Cover the Foam Pad

  • Measure the top of the trunk.
  • Cut a piece of fabric that is large enough to cover the foam.
  • Apply the fabric to the top of the trunk using a heat gun.

Step Seven: Secure the Trunk

  • Place the trunk in the desired position.
  • Measure and mark where the legs of the coffee table will be attached to the trunk.
  • Drill pilot holes for the screws.
  • Secure the legs to the trunk with the screws.
  • Enjoy your steamer trunk coffee table!

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