This was one of my first real projects and one that I have a LOT of elbow grease in.
I was looking for a big trunk to use as a coffee table. My mom (always the bargain finder) discovered this gem at a yardsale for $5.
All cleaned up
I also removed all the canvas. It was just nasty. It pretty much fell apart. Then, I took tweezers and pulled out all the little fibers that were under the metal. Then, I was ready to paint....
I also got to use Dustin's mechanic tools there... so I had a "lift" and a stool. It was the perfect setup!
The lock on the front is brass, so it didn't get painted-- just cleaned up.
I didn't want to stain it. We had done a lot of research along the way and decided that tung oil was the way to go.
We also lined the bottom with cedar planks. It needed to be reinforced and since we keep blankets inside, they always stay fresh and bug free.
This never made it as a coffee table. It is a bit too tall for that. But, since completion it has been a part of our living room. It has been an end table and just a trunk in the corner with photos on top of it.
I LOVE to redo furniture. I learned a lot working on this piece. #1 power tools can be your best friend!
Here are two pics side by side... one from the first time I saw it and the other from the finished product.