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DIY Modern Farmhouse Trunk

It’s almost Christmas and one thing I am always thinking about around this time is STORAGE! With the cooler temps, my kids are always leaving blankets around the house. I used to throw them in baskets but the baskets were overflowing and they began to look sloppy. So, I designed and built this DIY Modern Farmhouse Storage Trunk to hide all of our junk!

DIY Modern Farmhouse Trunk

Total cost in lumber was about $80! Come join us in our shop and let’s build a giant trunk!

You can click HERE or the image below to watch the video!

So simple, so fun and SO much STORAGE! Make sure to download the FREE PRINTABLE PLANS HERE! You can also follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below!

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First, I made the cuts for the box of the trunk.

DIY Modern Farmhouse Trunk – Kreg Jig

I used my Kreg Jig to drill 3/4″ pocket holes into the front and back panels of the base of the trunk (you can find our favorite Kreg Jig model HERE on Amazon).

and attached the front and back panels to side panels with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

This will create a box. Your pocket holes can face out if you are painting the trunk.

Next, I built the bottom of the trunk by attaching 3 1×2 boards to the bottom panel. I used wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails to attach.

Once the base was assembled, I laid it on the bottom of the box and attached it to the box with 2″ brad nails and wood glue.

Here is the trunk upright, at this point.

 

I cut the side trim to pieces to size and attached them to the side of the trunk with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue. The trim should be flush with the top and sides of the trunk. Do this on both sides.

Then, I cut the front and back trim pieces to size and attached them to the front and back of the trunk with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue. The trim should be flush with the side trim pieces.

Next, I attached the bottom trim on both sides and front and back of the trunk. I used 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

Here is the base of the trunk with all of the trim pieces attached. Now for the lid!

I cut the lid pieces to size and drilled 3/4″ pocket holes into the ends of the front and back pieces. I attached them to the side pieces with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Then, I cut the lid panel to size and drilled 3/4″ pocket holes around the edges. I laid the panel inside of the frame and attached it with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Make sure the panel is flush with the lid frame. Make sure the pocket holes are inside the lid.

Now for the trim!

I cut the side trim pieces to size and attach them to the side corners of the lid with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. I did this on both sides.

Then, I cut the front and back trim pieces to size and attached them to the lid with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue. They should be flush with the side trim pieces.

Now is the time to fill those pocket holes and nail holes! Use wood filler and let it dry!

DIY Modern Farmhouse Trunk – Charcoal Chalked Paint

Time for the finish! I used two coats of Charcoal Chalked paint by Rustoleum! You can find it HERE on Amazon or in some Home Depot stores!

Once the paint dried, I applied one coat of Rust-oleum Chalked protective top coat to the entire trunk. You can find the top coat HERE on Amazon or in some Home Depot stores.

 

DIY Modern Farmhouse Trunk – Hardware

For the hardware, I used one Lid Support Hinge and a pack of two middle hinges.

When the paint was dry, I attached the hinges first. The hinge will center over the lid and the trunk.

To attach the lid support, start on the lid. Make sure to note which side (right or left) that you purchased and attach the lid support to the matching side.

Then, attach the lid support to the trunk.

Super EASY!

I found my pulls and clasp at Hobby Lobby. NOTE: Do NOT use this front clasp if you have small children.

That was it! I ended up building two (one for each side of my fireplace) and I am loving all of the extra storage! It helps me keep my house tidy and it looks like a beautiful piece of furniture!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

DIY Modern Farmhouse Trunk

I’ll be sharing plans to those super cuts hanging shelves soon 😉

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Happy Building!

DIY Modern Farmhouse Trunk

 

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9 Comments

  1. Angela on October 25, 2018 at 7:55 am

    This is great! Would you tell us a little about why the Kreg Jig K5 model is your favorite? I am considering purchasing one and would love to have your perspective to help narrow down the options.

  2. www.EasyWoodwork.org on May 4, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    I built my own trunk using the plans at www. EasyWoodwork.org – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha

    www. EasyWoodwork.org

  3. Joe on April 16, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Love this! It’s the perfect solution for our living room sofa pillows. I am going to make this as a Mother’s Day surprise for my wife.

  4. Christina C on January 22, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    My husband and I just made this yesterday to hide all toys our 3 yr old keeps in the living room. So nice not having to see the toys overflowing the old toy box anymore. Thanks for the easy to follow plans!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jennifer Jones on January 13, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    I’m building this tomorrow and was wondering why are the pocket holes on the outside?

    • Melody on January 19, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      I’ve just about finished this project myself. If I had to guess, I’d say that the pocket holes for the bottom of the box (not the lid) are on the outside because they eventually get covered up by the trim pieces you attach. Although I think putting them on the inside wouldn’t impact the overall design, by putting them on the outside they get concealed.

  6. Bonnie on January 13, 2018 at 11:59 am

    I’m interested in your wall shelves, where did you get the double j hooks? Length? Love all your projects!

    Thanks!

    • Kristine on May 15, 2018 at 7:06 am

      Hobby lobby

  7. Rose @ PaulsHandyman on January 3, 2018 at 7:08 am

    This trunk turned out amazing. I love the vintage look so much! For weeks I’m trying to figure out how to add extra storage to my living room and this is the answer. Thank you for the detailed DIY, can’t wait to try it on my own! This trunk

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