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    Posted 8 years ago

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    Well, a year later I have finally finished this trunk (except for the tray that my husband is building). I originally posted it last September. To my defense, I have completed some other trunks between now and then. I was able to find some of the original paint on the embossed tin inside the edge of the trunk. It was a metallic green - very bright. I'm not a big fan of green and it would have clashed with the colors in my house. So, I chose a metallic blue, mixed with metallic silver and metallic black to get this color. I left the inside of the lid original. I stained the wooden slats and painted the body of the trunk a flat black. I used a dremel tool to polish the locks, hasps, end caps, slat clamps, etc. I did not apply any paint to any of them. I then applied a hand-rubbed satin polyurethane to the whole trunk.
    The last picture shows what the trunk looked like when I found it in the basement of a home at an estate sale. It had been there a very long time and had quite a bit of rust on the embossed tin. It took a lot of time with the drill and the dremel to get it off. I'm very glad to finally have it done!

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    1. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Well -- it looks simply fabulous!!!! Well done! Great choices on all the finishes. I love it...
    2. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Trunkman. I appreciate your kind words. I was a hesitant about the blue and about just how far to go with it. Because it was allowed to rust for so long, I couldn't polish all of the discoloration out of the embossed tin. So, I felt that it needed to be painted to look good. I also believed that the black needed to have a rust preventer on it.
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Well, I'm really impressed!
    4. trunkingforfun, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the detailed explanation of your choices. It is the process of the conondrum Trunkman has recently referred to. Bold decisions and well done. It is fun to see!
    5. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 8 years ago
      Thanks blunderbuss2 and trunkingforfun for the nice compliments and the love. Thanks moonstonelover21 for the love.
    6. Aimathena Aimathena, 8 years ago
      Wow... this gives me a a lot of hope for my old trunk. It looks great, Thanks for sharing.
    7. everydayssaturday, 8 years ago
      Stunning trunk! I love your color scheme...very tastefully done.....and keeping the hardware in it's natural state is an excellent choice. You obviously spent a ton of time on this really shows. Nice job.
    8. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the kind words, everdayssaturday. It was definitely a work of love.
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Amy, I'll give you a list of contraban (86 that & replace with a few innocent items) to put in your trunk & bring it down & I'll restore it for free (almost).
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Absolutely Beautiful!!!! Amazing job on this restoration!!
    11. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 7 years ago
      Thanks jscott. It took a ton of time but it looks great sitting at the foot of my bed now.
    12. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      I don't think you could have chosen a better color. This really fits it well and looks amazing!!

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