So I had a huge impulse buy a couple weeks ago at one of the local Goodwill stores. It was a couch for $40... sitting right next to it was this decorative trunk for $7. Since I needed a "coffee table" anyway, I saw it's potential (especially sitting next to my "new" couch) and snapped it up.
I saw it had a large crack in a circle on the top of one side but it was just barely noticeable... until my husband decided to go, "oh, there's a hole here...." and stick his fingers completely through it. You can kinda see it in the "before" shot but I didn't want to focus on it too much.
Then, yesterday I found this great faux embossed suede at Hobby Lobby in the remnants bin for 60% off the original price (it had been an upholstery fabric and muy expensive). I also picked up a 18k gold leaf pen (I also have the actual sheets of gold leaf and adhesives and coats, etc but decided the pen would make things go MUCH quicker).
So last night, I spent a few hours on it and finished it up. Now it looks quite fabulous if I do say so myself... and way more expensive than $20 (trunk and supplies).
"Assembly" was very simple, unscrewed all the hardware and took the lid off. Measured and glued down fabric using E6000 and used books to weigh it down while it dried/cured for a few hours. And used the gold leaf pen to highlight the flowers and leaves on the embossed metal bit.
Here's the before:
And the much-better AFTER(s)!:
(without a flash but much closer to the true colors of the fabric)