Posted 6 years ago
Hi! I'm new here! I've thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of your beautiful trunks on here the last few days. I have always loved trunks since I was a little girl. My mom had 2 in our house that she had gotten from antique shops and I adored them. I have always been interested in restoring furniture, too. Well, I was at a tag sale this past weekend and this little trunk caught my eye. It's covered mostly in metal, then painted over, and the metal is damaged and peeling away at the very bottom edge. I bought it cheap, but I have loved (well, kind of) peeling away the paper from the inside and beginning to remove the paint from the outside.
I have a couple of questions. 1) What is the best way to remove paint from the metal? I'm seriously new to this and all of the websites I've found barely talk about this in terms I understand. The middle sections are embossed with a floral design while the outer sections and sides are just a bumpy metal that appears to be smooth underneath. 2) Do I need to remove all of the hardware or can I leave it on? 3) Any idea on the history of this trunk? I'm thinking it's nothing special, but I still like it and am putting a lot of love into it. :)
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I will also need to know about the metal on the bottom that's frayed and pulling away from the wood, but I'll post about it later. One step at a time. :) Thanks in advance!