Remember this trunk from the Judy Moody movie? You probably know that I just couldn't stop drooling over it.
It inspired me to make my own little craft trunk from a thrift store find
And last year I altered another mini trunk to create a wardrobe to house my paper dresses for the 2010 Dress Up Challenge.
I have to confess I have always had a trunk obsession. Specially the old steamer trunks people used to take along on long ocean voyages and train rides.
I love the idea of opening up a seemingly unassuming piece of luggage and seeing it filled with hidden compartments and drawers to house an entire wardrobe (or studio). There is something about this that is magical to me.
My husband said I love anything that works like a Swiss Army knife and he is absolutely right. I love things with lots of functions. That's why I love camping gear....and diaper bags! And the smaller the item the better. I'm actually one of those people that loves to pack. I love arranging and organizing stuff to see how efficiently I can get it done. Now this doesn't mean my studio or my house is efficient and perfectly organized. It's far from it I'm afraid. But every now and then I get into these moods where I love reorganizing things to see if I can figure out a new way to make things work a little better.
So I thought I would share this collection of amazing 'trunks' I found on the web. You'll see that some really aren't trunks at all but definitely keep the idea of efficiently storing lots of stuff in a smaller space.
Wouldn't this vintage vaudeville trunk make the most amazing craft trunk? I think even Judy Moody's Aunt Opal would be green with envy.
This reproduction from Free People is a little simpler but still has lots of drawers for artsy stuff. I love the boho gypsy feel.
This one is from Coco Republic. It's hard to tell what size it is when it's closed...
Until you open it and see it's a full sized wardrobe.
I think this piece from Restoration Hardware is the ultimate magical trunk.
You open it up and it's actually....
...a secretary! What an amazing art studio that would make.
Image source: Flickr
And of course I adore old trunks like the ones they used in the Harry Potter films.
All of these are insanely priced as you might imagine. The Restoration Hardware piece is $3500. But think of all the ideas you can use to alter that old trunk you have sitting in the attic. Or the plain old cabinet or armoire in the dusty corner of your guestroom. Not to mention all the goodies you might find at your local thrift store.
Well I'm off to buy paint for my walls. Still not sure what color I want but something will come to me eventually, lol!