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Refinished old chest.

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I have had  this old trunk for as long as I can remember. It was corroded, dirty and somebody had used it to paint a project on it long before it was handed down to me. It even sat for years in a damp basement and stored scrap project wood.

Then for some reason I decided to pull it out one day... I have had this ugly thing sitting around in my living room as a coffee table through two different moves now.

It's time to restore it.
Reichenstein7 (author) 1 year ago

Thank you guys for all of the views and kind words =)

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Mihsin1 year ago

Nice work. I'd add casters to the legs and exchange the weak hinges with stronger ones.

Reichenstein7 (author)  Mihsin1 year ago

I have some heavy casters, but I wanted something more aesthetically pleasing. Those brass hinges will surprise you, they are very old and fairly thick for their small surface area. Recessed into the wood, they should have no problems.

ledshed1 year ago

Nice work.

sunshiine1 year ago

This is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your hard work and . . . keep on shining!


Great work. For obvious reasons I'm a huge fan of trunk restorations. It's too bad you couldn't recover the old handles, but I've found they usually bear the brunt of the wear and often need replacing.

Reichenstein7 (author)  antagonizer1 year ago

Unfortunately the handles on this trunk were not worth salvaging. They didn't match and one was almost rotted through with rust =\ Its actually quite heavy even empty, so I wanted to make sure I had something that could handle the weight.

BayRatt1 year ago


Wow, it looks amazing!

Thank you!

That turned out beautiful! Wonderful work :)

Thank you!