Posted 8 years ago
Purchased this stamped metal covered "common sense" trunk today at a flea market. I was hesitant to purchase it because of the damage on the top, I've never tackled a problem like this. It was cheap so I couldn't pass it up, figured if nothing else I could take it apart for spare pieces. As you can see from the picture the stamped metal on the top is damaged so looking for ideas on how to refinish this trunk. I was thinking I could take the metal off of the top, refinish the wood that is under it. Or I have some sheets of stamped metal from another trunk, I could use that to replace the damaged sections. The pattern is different but if I replace all of the pieces on the top those would be the same. That idea seems like a lot of work that I'm not sure I'm prepared or knowledgeable enough to tackle. I'm assuming I would have to remove the clamps and slats to get the old metal off and the replacements on. I'm looking for suggestions on what others have done in a case like this. I love the ornate lock and large latches (#4) on this trunk, figured they are worth the ten bucks I paid for the trunk.
Suggestions on how to bring this back to life are welcomed - or if you think it isn't worth fixing I'm open to hearing that too.