For the last six months I have searched for a basket trunk that could contain the ever growing toy collection that my sons’ have. We had an old metal trunk that was great looking, but not so great on little fingers if it were to fall on them. My son knew the rule: only an adult can get toys from the metal trunk. I was starting to feel a little paranoid, however, when my oldest son had friends over because I didn’t want anyone to get hurt. So, I scoured the internet looking for a large enough basket that had the style I like and had a lid light enough that if slammed shut, would not hurt any kiddos.
To my surprise, I couldn’t find anything.
I searched the big retail stores: Pottery Barn, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Ikea.
Then I searched thrift stores, Craigslist.
One night this last Summer, my little family decided to take a walk around the block to get some fresh air and to my surprise this was on the curb, ready for trash day:
The basket trunk of my dreams! (ok, well sorta, but who would have thought I would find it on the curb?! Life is funny.)
The homeowner was sitting on his porch when we walked by, so I quietly asked him if the trunk was trash (just to make sure). He said, “Yes.” They were purging at his house and if we wanted it we should take it home.
Well, okie dokie, thank you sir. We did. 🙂
As you can see in the picture, it was a little worn. I remembered a blog post a few years ago about how to refresh your baskets using this:
So, I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised.
Now that I look at this photo, I realize I’ve missed a few spots. I’ve been a little sleep deprived lately, so projects happen quickly. (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve notice a new little human was added to our life. More on that next time.) 🙂