They had tons of choices with great prices and shipped super fast. Canvas Partially Removed, Wood Showing. I was so proud of myself when I was done I offered to do my in-laws old trunk for them too! I had to go out and buy this little nail extracting tool and a little tiny hammer. We stock cowhide that looks like the old gator metal! This is where the sharp chisel comes into play. You can buy one at an auto parts store. So I have a trunk that is very similar that I just pulled out of storage aka the barn to clean up and use. Welcome to the incredible world of trunk restoration! I painted the lock set the darker of the two colors used on the trunk so that it too would match.
Add my Store to your Favorites and receive my email newsletters about new items and special promotions! Keep safe, be cautionary, and be certain to wear protective gear as noted below. Plus, I like the wood finish. Believe me, this stuff is amazing. At that point, the tip of the nail bends around and goes back into the wood. Unfortunately, the tray in my trunk had completely deteriorated and so I had to build a new one. Auto bodywork shops use heels. There's no need to stain the inside of the trunk and in fact, the raw wood look made a nice contrast.
I am working on a similar vintage steamer trunk, and I am struggling to remove the lid from the body of the trunk. If you want a quickie restoration then probably not, but if you're willing to bury your heart and soul into it, then I'd say go ahead. Here's what you need to know: Removing Old Handles and Parts This can be a delicate operation - you need to get the old trunk handle end caps off, then the left over ends of the old leather handles as well. Above is side and 3 quarter front view of Trunk 326 Before and After. Want to restore your world traveling great-aunt's old steamer trunk to it's original glory? Having the right trunk hardware on hand makes the restoration an enjoyable do-it-yourself yourself project. At the Pirate's Lair we strive to ensure authenticity in our antique restorations down by using the exact same tools and practices utilized by the original craftsmen. The possible owners and travels that each steamer trunk has taken, along with the high level of detailed craftsmanship in the original production of each and every steamer trunk with that individualized character giving both intrinsic and non-intrinsic value.
Of the dozen or so trunks I've been asked to do for people, I haven't seen one that was actually leather, tho refurbing as such would seriously improve the quality and look of the trunk. Hopefully all my north east readers are staying warm and cozy. Another thing I learned was that it was better to leave the canvas cover on the trunk as I was removing the rust since it protected the wood, and I would be removing it anyway. In the Before Photo you can see where the leather has been removed with a remnant left that had stenciled the original owners name! But not a literal cat nap, like a short nap by a human. Then the phone starts ringing, and Aunt Persus can't figure out why you hollered at her when all she did was call to say hello and see if your rhubarb was showing yet. With the old wood it looks great. The list of clients includes major corporations, high profile families, members of the Hollywood elite, and sports figures, worldwide.
Remove the handle end caps, then remove the handles themselves. Should you get your antique chest restored? I use it all the time. It was a common practice that loyal and productive craftsmen would be allowed to bring their children to work with them to learn a craft, so many of the children in this photograph were more than likely sons of the men shown. Above is side and 3 quarter front view of Trunk 326 Before and After. You can wet sand with 400 grit, but I found it unnecessary since 300 seemed to do the trick. Best to leave the parts in place to the greatest extent possible. The original straps were actually made of several 6 foot belts that were riveted together to make 12 foot lengths.
These Captains Sea Chests and Pirate Treasure Chests are original 19th century nautical chests and trunks each having its own unique look and history! In fact, much of the glue used in these antique chests was made from horses and was unprocessed! Antique trunks and foot lockers have become a popular decorating accessory. However the truth of the matter is that the majority of these trunks were made towards the middle to end of the 19th century just at the dawning of the industrial revolution here in America when there were no child labor laws or protections. Laura I could be wrong, but I don't think you can buy the paper for the edging. In the original construction, they used a paste of flour and water as a glue which is water soluble. Don't let me catch you with a crowbar anywhere near that trunk, not even a miniature crowbar.
You don't need to contact us first if you don't want to - just send it and include a note with your name, order date, and payment method, and we'll issue a refund or send out replacement merchandise promptly. Be careful to avoid damaging the wood. Now that the inside is all cleaned up and the handles are removed I am ready to go back to the exterior. . Rare 1880 to Early 1890's Photograph of Antique Trunk Factory and Workers Using Albumen Silver Print Method, Mounted to a Period Board Which Dates The Photo Note the Flatop and Two Monitor or Waterfall Trunks, Each Being Individually Unique at the Very Time of Production. The best way I found was using a wire brush on the end of a drill to buff off the layer of rust, but leave the pitting and age behind. It just needs to be safely removed! I had to change the water quite a few times as the trunk had collected quite a bit of dirt and grime over the years.
This is the trunk in the condition it was received. Only the rich can afford cheap restorations! The holidays are no different. Aside from performing restorations for all, we also offer trunks for sale which we have restored, refinished and, in some cases, redesigned. I then replaced the hardware over the handles and used new screws to keep them in place. Pretend some idiots in Maine made your trunk! Old antique trunk restoration can be as simple as replacing a a few missing leather trunk handles or brass trunk corners or maybe you are planning on completely refinishing your antique steamer trunk. I love the way your finished trunk looks and am now thinking of stripping the canvas and doing it from the ground up so thanks for that : Believe it or not, the material they most often use on the edges is a cardboard material.
The last thing it needed was a new key for the lock. Originally I tried a brass brush, which is less abrasive, but found it left marks on the metal work, so I ended up using the steel one and found it worked perfectly. After the outside was semi clean, I worked on the inside. Along with the deterioration of the outside canvas, leather and the inside paper lining. This kind of project is best used on pieces of extreme value, where authenticity is important, but can seriously limit the 'curb appeal' of your trunk. Those old nails are really stuck in there! Spruce things up with brass tacks Old Stock trays sold as-is Hardwood slats cut from Maine birch! In my opinion though, that's an amazing find and I'd totally blow the next month bringing it back to life. Well versed in trunk building, they typically restore over 100 trunks per year.
To attach parts to your trunk you need a couple of things. I find the third method the most effective since it retains both curb appeal, and attempts to keep the piece as original as possible, however, feel free to use whichever one suits you best. For the paper edging, start with 220, then 300, unless it is badly damaged, then you can use 150. This shows you what a little stain can do. It gives a nice metallic look without looking fake and it sticks to just about anything. If you're not happy with anything in your order, please send it back within 30 days for a refund or an exchange. It's a kind of compressed cardboard that I can only assume is waxed, or impregnated with a lacquer.