POTTERY BARN TRUNK - look-a-like

This photo has been 
in my idea folder for 
some time and when
I found a well worn 
plywood box on the
road side .....

 I knew it was the right candidate to recreate my own 
REBECCA. The Rebecca is the lovely rustic trunk available
in the photo from Pottery Barn for over $600

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 with a chocolate
color paint 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 loved the original trunk handles,
unfortunatly there was only one when I found it.

BEFORE                                    AFTER

POTTERY BARN                                             MINE

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