Happy Wednesday!

I am so excited to share my latest furniture build with you guys.  I teamed up with the oh so amazing Miss Ana White on this one!  We had a reader email us about an amazing chest that Pottery Barn carries that she was wanting plans for.  I fell in love with everything but the price tag.   So… Here is what we came up with!


Isn’t it pretty?? This baby was so easy to make!  It’s a great beginner build for those of you on the fence.

I will share some tips with you here, and of course you can get the full set of plans over at Ana’s site!

So… Here we go!

Now, this plan calls for 1/2 sheets of 3/4″ and 1/4″ plywood.  We love using PureBond Plywood any chance we get.

The thought of building beautiful furniture with plywood may sound a bit strange.  It did to us as well!  That was until we learned about PureBond Plywood.

PureBond Plywood can be found at any Home Depot.

What sold us on PureBond

~ It uses Formaldehyde-free glue (scary to think we have been breathing in harmful chemicals until now)

~ It’s made in AMERICA… Whoop!!!

~ It’s made with wood from sustainable forests

~ It’s extremely easy to work with

~ Biggest selling point for us… It’s BEAUTIFUL!  You get the look of real hard wood for a fraction of the cost.  Home Depot stocks birch and oak.  You can also order hickory, maple, you name it and have it delivered to your store… Love that!

So after learning the benefits of PureBond Plywood, we will never go back.  It’s such an obvious choice and it fits quite nicely in our shanty budgets!

Ash and I have shared some videos on working with PureBond.  You can see them here!

I was so excited to use my new Kreg Jig K3 model for this build.  I have had this thing sitting in a box for sometime, but I love my K4.  I decided to give it a try, and let me tell you… It is my new FAV!

Kreg Jig K3 Model

It basically does exactly what the K4 does, but has a few differences.  My favorite feature is the front clamp capability!

Kreg Jig k3

You don’t have to reach around your board to unclamp your wood!  You just do it from the front… Game changer.  LOVE.

I used 3/4″ pocket holes and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws for the whole build.

K3 Kreg Jig

Here is a shot of an inside corner of the box.  This is how I put the box together…

How to build a wood box

I attached all my trim using Gorilla Wood Glue and finish nails with my Ryobi Finish Nailer.  So simple!

wood glue trim

If you don’t have a miter saw, you can always invest in one of these!  It’s a miter box and hand saw… Simple and it gets the job done!

Now for the top!

This part is so easy!  You basically Kreg Jig the whole thing together…

Start with your center pieces… You can see where I made my 3/4″ pocket holes…

Kreg jig top_edited-1

And your final step is adding those side pieces.  Here is where I put my pocket holes for those…

top of trunk_edited-1

Easy Peasy!

To finish this trunk I used one of my very favorite colors..

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Early American


To give it that distressed look I used a favorite tool of ours…

Ryobi’s Corner Cat Finish Sander

I cannot say enough about how cool this little sander is.  It’s lightweight and powerful at the same time.  Plus… It’s cheap!!

Ryobi Corner Cat Sander

Just sand down the whole thing until you get the look you want!

Now for the hardware…

I found my nail heads at Lowe’s as well as the cute latch for the top.

Trunk Coffee Table DIY

Hardware for trunk

And, I found my side handles at Hobby Lobby for $3 a piece!

Hobby Lobby Knobs

And a few more pics…


Pottery Barn Trunk DIY

Trunk Coffee Table

Top of trunk table

Trunk Table DIY

Whew… That’s it!  Remember you can get the full set of free plans over at Ana’s site!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

I would LOVE for you to pin and share this trunk with your friends!  Have a good one!


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  1. Thank you for your step-by-step photos; they are a big help. One thing that would really help me is also to show what kind of hinges you used for the lid. This isn’t a typical hinge placement due to the moulding around the edge, and I see several other posters were having the same issue.