POTTERY BARN TRUNK - look-a-like

The Rebecca is a lovely rustic trunk available at Pottery Barn for $669.78

This photo has been in my idea folder for some time and when I found this
well worn plywood box (shown below) I knew it was the right candidate for the project.

It has wonderful worn edges and unbelievable character.
The problem was it was too worn in places to look good and be safe to use everyday as a coffee table.

I started by removing some unnecessary bits

and quickly moved to cutting pine boards with 45 degree angles needed to trim the box.

I started to paint the new wood (and George's drill) with a chocolate color
and sanded it through in areas.

Then I washed the whole piece with watered down ASCP Graphite before waxing the first time.

After getting a nice even look between the original wood and the new pine,
I washed it with a thick muddy beige to give it an even tone of age.

I installed some wonderful hinges across the back, a vintage catch in front,

and the original metal corner guards using some nail head trim.
I love the original trunk handles, unfortunelty there was only one when I found it.

BEFORE                                    AFTER

POTTERY BARN                                             MINE

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