Antiqued modified becca trunk

Submitted by dinifam on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 23:29

My best friend has really wanted an antiqued trunk but they were way out of her price range.

I built the becca trunk but planked the top with 1x4's and 1x6's and made the trunk just a tad deeper. Worked perfectly!

For the finish I stained it minwax china red and then added gf java gel stain over the top. distressed it and sanded it until I got the look i wanted.

I cut up an old belt we had and used that for handles, found a window sash lock, nail head trim and black strap hinges at blue. The base molding I bought was only 3 1/2 inch as it was much cheaper (82 cents a foot) than the 4 inch. worked great for me.

It was a super easy and fast build! Now I get to make one for me :)

This trunk is super sturdy and she absolutely loves it!

Price breakdown for me as I had screws and nails, scrap wood for lid and even the java stain...

40.00 for one sheet of 3/4 purebond plywood (will make another trunk with other half)
13.00 for one sheet of 1/4 ply
16.40 for base moldings
2.00 nail head trim
6.00 strap hinges
12.00 minwax china red stain.
4.00 for latch

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used
2 coats of minwax china red stain sanded between with 220
1 coat of java gel stain
distressed and sanded till i got the look i wanted.
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project



Thu, 01/30/2014 - 11:06


I'm basically doing your modified design. however, I noticed that the black strap hinges that I got at the local hardware store are longer than the base molding on the back side. So either I would have to cut part of the hinges or bend them to contour with the molding. Or, have the strap go underneath the molding, which would look odd. I did do more online searching and saw that there are black strap hinges that have a short end, but I don't think the short end would get past the 3/4" inch of board that is my chest top thickness, or if it does, it would barely make it.

So my question to you is what specific hinge did you use, and how did you lay it out? Did you fasten the hinge to your base molding?