Tuesday, September 14, 2010

10 Easy Steps to a Carefree Rolling Vintage Trunk

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Roll away, roll away, roll away.

Reminds me of that Enya song...sail away, sail away, sail away...

Did y'all see Stephanie Lynn's rolling galvanized tub project over at the DIY Club? If not, go ahead...I'll wait...{twiddling thumbs} {whistling} {looking up at the sky}...So, what did you think? Pretty darn cool, eh? I thought so, too! When I realized that she and I had ordered the exact same casters from Rockler Woodworking, I said, "Hmmmm..." Here's my project inspired by Stephanie Lynn...


STEP 1: Gather all your supplies...

STEP 2: Lay out the 4 Rockler Bench Cookies to keep the trunk from shifting while working on it.

STEP 3: Place the trunk upside down on the Rockler Bench Cookies. Adjust the Rockler Bench Cookies so that they are at each corner.

STEP 4: Decide on the placement of the first caster. I used the curve of the metal corner piece to serve as a guide.

STEP 5: If you have one, put a magnetic screwdriver tip in your cordless screwdriver. I highly recommend getting one if you do not have one. They make it so much easier to complete a project, because you do not have to worry about holding or losing the screw you are working with.

STEP 6: Screw in the first screw.

STEP 7: Place a screw in the opening that is opposite the first one. This will reduce any shifting of the bracket from here on out. Then finish with the two remaining screws. 

STEP 8: Repeat steps 4-7 for all remaining casters.

STEP 9: Flip over your masterpiece and roll it around the house until you find a place where it looks like it's at home. 

STEP 10: Sit and enjoy. You can even put up your feet. Or you can fill the inside with your DIY goodies, memorable family photos, your mess of papers for next year's tax season, or your collection of Weird Al Yankovic albums.

Whatever you choose, just let your cares...

...roll away, roll away, roll away. :)

I hope this inspires you to make your own version of a rolling DIY treasure!


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  1. Wow - love this very much. It is awesome.

  2. ~*~* I just LOVE it!!! I have to buy some of those casters.Thanks so much for the inspiration!!~*~* :) Rachel

  3. Any type of storage is wonderful to me! I love this idea, and the industrial look is hot in design, so this fits right in.

  4. wow..you make it look so easy! love the vintage chrome couch & chairs too. those are way cool!
    judi ;)

  5. I found a trunk curbside.. my kids about died when I stopped the car and snagged it.... wheels would look pretty good on it! Thanks for the idea!

  6. Love this, great idea. It would look cool in my son's room with his music etc on top.

    My French Country Home

  7. Love the wooden casters!! So I ordered some too! I have a wooden chest and this will be perfect! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. I'm older than you so I was channeling Tina..."Rollin'...rollin'...rollin' on the rivah!"
    Where on earth did you find that divine beauty parlor set?
    P.S. I got to find some more adjectives...with all your great ideas, it's getting kinda old to use "clever" over and over!

  9. Love this idea(much easier to move for vacuuming)
    Just signed up as a follower Stop over to visit sometime :)

  10. Very cool! I love that trunk, it is gorgeous!! Those little rollers are the best. I have a few like that that I have put on a couple things and they are so great when you need to move them!

  11. What a great idea and (re)use for an old truck. Looks great and I so LURVE that red furniture!

    Bravo, you!

  12. I love this! The wheels make this piece so functional and a much better height to use as a coffee table.

  13. Very cool!!! I just came across to trunks that I wanted to use as craft storage in my craft/game room. This is genius!!! I can wheel them to where I need them and then wheel them back. Fantastic!!

  14. Love, love this trunk. Gorgeous. It was very nice meeting you this weekend.

  15. I really like the idea of adding caster wheels to the trunk. So much more practical and the look is amazing !!
    ~ Sue


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