My husband has a thing for steamer trunks. Loves them. We have so many different styles and sizes of trunks around the bed and breakfast because he cannot resist buying them at antique stores and online auctions. They really add character to a room and make great tables and plant stands.
We actually even have three of them stacked to function as our television entertainment center.
Rather than just placing them into a room and putting plants on top, we decided to transform one into a “living table” that we could place plant pots into. We use it in our screened in patio as the coffee table. These are great for little herb pots, to grow fresh herbs like basil and rosemary for cooking.
What you need:
- Wooden steamer chest with a flatter top
- Power drill
- 3” or 4” hole drill attachment
- 3” or 4” potted plants
- Plastic storage bin (you want them to fit snugly inside of the chest covering as much of the bottom as possible)
Step 1 – Using a power drill and large (3″ to 4″) hole attachment, drill a hole into the top layer of the trunk. This layer may be leather that covers the wooden trunk. Save those pieces of round leather. They make cute beverage coasters for your table.
Step 2 – Now that you have the leather layer removed, drill a hole into the wooden layer and through the top of the chest.
Step 3 – Repeat steps 1 and 2 as many times as you’d like to make a few more holes to place pots in to. We did four, one for each corner. But, you may want to do more or less depending on the size of the trunk.
Step 4 – Place the plastic storage bin in to the trunk. You want the bin to cover as much of bottom of the trunk as possible and fit snugly inside. This will act as your water catch to prevent your bin from rotting when you water your plants.
Step 5 – Place the pots inside the holes. You want to find pots the fit snugly in to the hole but rest on the top of the trunk and do not slip through.
We mix up the type of plants we keep in the living table. Some of our favorites are ivy, spinach, and herbs like basil, rosemary, and mint. Mint is especially my fav right now because it grows long vines and smells spectacular!