DIY Use For Inherited Trunk?

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Q: I'm looking for some input on a creative storage use for a family heirloom metal trunk that was passed down to me. I've already thought about making it a coffee table/ottoman, but my husband says it's a no-go, as he loves our current coffee table.

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We live in a really small space, so it has to be very functional. There are 2 handles on either side that make it impossible to stand on it's side. Any thoughts or links for DIY options you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.