I found this teal Seward trunk at an antique store in town, and it is the perfect storage solution for Vy's room. Before I bought it, all of her toys were lining the walls, and her room looked a bit cluttered. Now, I can be selective about which toys are on display, and which ones can stay hidden in this trunk.
The inside didn't have any sort of lining, so I painted it the same color as the legs on her new shelves. With a dark exterior, the bright pop of pink adds an element of surprise when the lid is open. That tiny little update also makes it feel more like a toy chest for a kid's room.
The trunk holds a good amount and provides additional surface space to play on when the lid is closed. Oddly, she now seems to play with the toys in there more often than before. Maybe because there is a treasure chest feel to it all, or maybe because the toys seem new again since she doesn't see them all the time. I'm not quite sure the reason, but I do know opening and closing it is a fun activity in and of itself. So sweet how kids find joy in the little things!
New trunks like this one are easy to find if you don't want an old beat-up one. But, I personally like the worn look. I don't know what it was previously used for, but I like to imagine it belonged to a well-traveled person, and will one day accompany Vy on all her own amazing adventures...with her mother. Or perhaps not, but a mother can dream!