What better than a good bargain?


Earlier today, Dustin came home from our neighbor’s house. After being home for a while he told me that our neighbor sent me some treasures. Knowing our neighbor, this could be any number of things. Dustin said “Tom said that if we don’t want them, throw them away.”

Let me tell ya, this really set the bar pretty low for what I expected to help him unload :)

I walked out to find not only one, but two slices of heaven.


Yeah, they are a bit rusty. But they are in excellent shape. One of them still even has its original leather handles.

The interiors of both are also in great shape. And both have trays that sit inside them.


They are both covered in metal. It’s rusty, but just on the surface. While I do appreciate some rust here and there, I see these babies painted up with metal one color, the ‘trim’ and nails another and the hardware a third color.

But, let’s be honest, by the time I get around to them, I might decide to air ‘em out and clear coat them. (doubt it)

They are actually both in MUCH better shape than the $5 trunk my mom got for me at a yard sale.

But, with some loving (and a LOOOOOOOOOT of elbow grease), it went from this


To this “pre blogging picture and pre digital camera days” picture
*If I make the picture any bigger, it’s too blurry to see


While that project was in my preblogging days (shoot, that was pre married days) I did blog about it here. Luckily, I took a ton of pictures along the way. I think that this trunk was my first big project in saving something like this. I loved it. I’ve had a ‘thing’ for trunks ever since. I’m so curious about the stories they have to tell.

These two new rusty lovelies will get the royal treatment soon enough. Once it warms up, I have a stack of projects taller than the house to start!


  1. you lucky girl! :) Me thinks you need to get busy on some projects!
    thinking of doing the blog gathering thing in june. does that work for you?

  2. OOOOOOhhhhhh...ahhhhhhhh
    I need to find a neighbor like that! I'm sure they'll be beautiful.

  3. I can't wait to see what you do with them!

  4. oh my goodness!! What an amazing chest. Kinda jealous righ tnow hahahaha

  5. Where do you and your "neighbors" live ;-)
    Wow is all I can say!


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