One giant trunk

I’m switching servers this week so things might be a little wonky around here, hopefully everything will run smoothly!

I’m done with the trunk for the body outdoor cushions! It’s so big it could fit one or two people… don’t worry, I don’t think we’ll ever need it for that. I wish I had a step by step plan in Google SketchUp of how we built it like Ana White does, but alas, I’m very impatient with SketchUp. Plus we sort of made everything up as we went along… so the only thing I have is this awesome, super scientific diagram. Which is sort of unreadable.


Since our cushions are three times as wide as our boards (1x12s), we decided to make the trunk joining three 1x12s. So the top, bottom, front and back are 3 1×12 (joined using scrap wood) each cut to about 70 inches or so (enough so that all cushions fit). The sides are cut the total width of the 3 1×12 (about 24 inches). We joined the front and back to the bottom using the Kreg Jig and then screwed the sides onto the front/back/bottom. Finally we used hinges to attach the top and those thingies used inside closets to support shelves (the white thing on the picture; the top rests on those).

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I stained everything before attaching the hinges and handles (so before attaching the top to the rest of the trunk). I didn’t stain the inside though, since staining is my least favorite part… plus it saves us stain for other projects. I had to do some touch ups after attaching the top to the rest of the trunk but it turned out fine, don’t you think? (The patio slopes for rain/water reasons so forgive the tilted pictures…)

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I spy a couple of window panes sanded and ready to be painted!

And here it is with the cushions inside…

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The white cushions (we have ten of those) are for the pallet area, and the red ones that are rolled up are for the two lounge chairs. I placed a plastic on top of the cushions before closing the trunk in case of heavy rain (seen above), but honestly, I don’t think it’s necessary since the trunk is covered by an overhang from above. We’ll see though, we might seal the trunk from inside using silicone. Apart from that, we’re ready for the spring/summer season!

What do you think? Share your opinion in the comments.

13 thoughts on “One giant trunk

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Actually, we sort of eyeballed it, and it’s a bit tight! If I had known… all the cushions fit though so we’re okay, phew!
      And yeah, fingers crossed for the server switch!

  1. Christine @ Casa-de-Christine

    Love it! it turned out great! We bought a trunk to put all our cushions in and it’s super handy! I love knowing that your cushion will be dry and you won’t end up with a wet bum when sitting outside- a gamble we always took when the cushions were left out.

    I love those window frames!! The arch detail on the one corner is awesome! Can’t wait to see them painted up!

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Haha, I know, we kept them inside (which was a pain) and a couple of times we left them out thinking they’d be fine and then it rained…
      I also love the arch detail! It’s my favorite thing.

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Thanks Kelly! I’m happy to report that the cushions are still dry, even after some very rainy days.

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