Posted 5 years ago
This Louis Vuitton trunk came to us in pretty rough shape as you can see in the first two photos. The bottom panels and foundation were, for the most part, completely rotted and offered little to no structural integrity to the piece so before any cleaning or restoration could take place, it was important to rebuild the bottom of the trunk. The hours of carefully sanding each slat and then the rigorous work of shinning nail heads and lock plates with steel wool could have caused further damage to the trunk had we not first fortified it. Further, the interior had thick mold attached to about a third of all the walls which was first on the agenda to remove and kill before a new bottom could be attached. So....masks on, scrapers and sanders in hand, we stripped the old lining away and then blasted it with a blend of chemicals that created black clouds which seeped from the walls of our shop (well, that's a bit of drama but...) Once finally cleaned, we were ready to install the bottom with planks of poplar, then sealant, then paint, then canvas, followed by building the foundation of more poplar and oak strips. NOW the structure is tight and solid. Soap and water repeated scrubs on the exterior finally removed years of dust and dirt and the stripes began to shine through although some areas were worn to the bone with no color left underneath at all. Interior corners were cloth-taped for support before installing the off-white cotton drill and, happy that we had taken the extra time to carefully remove the LV label intact, it was re-attached with my initials penciled onto the backside, along with the date of our work. Hopefully, it will be a few hundred years before anyone sees these notations, if ever.