How Brettuns Village Restores Canvas-Covered Trunks in our Shop


How Brettuns Village Restores Canvas-Covered Trunks in our Shop

Do you have an old canvas-covered trunk gathering dust in your attic? It might be time to roll up your sleeves and give it a new lease on life. 

Canvas-covered trunks are a beautiful and functional type of luggage that has been around for centuries. Originally used by soldiers to store their gear during long journeys, these trunks have become a popular choice for antique lovers and vintage decor enthusiasts. 

However, over time, canvas can fade, tear, and wear down, leaving these trunks looking tired and worn out. Whether you’re looking to repair the original canvas or reveal the wooden beauty beneath, Brettuns Village has you covered with this step-by-step guide.

Repair the Canvas

If your trunk’s canvas has minor tears or worn-out spots, consider repairing it. True restoration involves preserving the original covering. 

Start by cleaning the canvas as much as possible using a dry brush and a damp sponge. After you’ve sanded the slats and removed rust from the metal parts, apply a finish coat to preserve the canvas.

Remove the Canvas

If the canvas is beyond repair or if you prefer the look of raw wood, here’s how to go about removing it:

  1. Gather Your Tools: To start, all you need is a razor knife, a paint scraper, and medium-grit sandpaper. A dust mask is also highly recommended.
  2. Prepare Your Workspace: Lift the trunk to a comfortable working height. A good trick is to use a second trunk as a table. Safety first, though — please use the utmost caution while working with sharp tools.
  3. Start Peeling: Carefully trace the edges of the canvas with your razor knife and peel it away. Remember to wear a dust mask as this process can kick up a lot of dust.
  4. Remove Excess Glue: Once all the canvas is removed, use a paint scraper to gently remove the leftover glue, always scraping with the grain of the wood.
  5. Sand the Wood: Start with medium-grit sandpaper for the first pass, then switch to fine grit. Be careful not to sand metal pieces or the oak slats.
  6. Apply Finish: Finally, apply your choice of finish to the wood for a polished look. We recommend our magic trunk goop mixture for the best results.

Now that you know how to restore your canvas-covered trunk, it’s time to gather your tools and get started! 

Restoring a canvas-covered trunk can be a challenging but rewarding experience. With the right tools, patience, and attention to detail, you can bring an old and worn-out piece of luggage back to life. Not only will your restored canvas-covered trunk be a beautiful and functional addition to your collection, but it will also hold a sense of history and nostalgia that will only grow stronger with each passing year.

At Brettuns Village, we provide a wide range of high-quality trunk tools and hardware to aid your restoration project. From razor knives to sandpaper to our magic trunk goop mixture, we’ve got everything you need to breathe new life into your old trunk. So why wait? Happy restoring!