Honestly though, it's hard to beat a trunk for a purposeful piece of furniture. It could be used for a toy chest, foot stool, bench, laundry basket, the possibilities are endless.
Painting the trunk was an obvious next step as it was already painted and not some fine piece of wood furniture. I used milk paint to paint it.
This color is Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (Boxwood)
I knew I wanted to upholster the top of it so it could be used as a bench/foot stool. I had a hard time deciding what to upholster it with though.
I finally decided on 40" Wide X 2 Yard Long Natural Burlap This burlap was a great price and I'm very pleased with the quality and looks of it.
I also purchased some new hinges because the old ones really weren't strong enough to move the lid up and down.
With everything now in hand, I went about upholstering the top of the trunk.
And then reassembling it. Here's a look from the back.