Before / After


Before / After

The Before and After Section

Before and after of a large trunk, crate looking

black trunk before restoration

The black covering on this beauty had been painted with melted rubber.  OK, yes, it’s waterproof, but smells like a tar pit and looks weird.

black trunk after restoration

A little better looking after we beat the daylights out of it in the workshop.

Big wooden trunk before restoration

An MM Secors Wall Trunk from an abusive home

Big wooden trunk after restoration

Looking a little better since it moved out on its own.

long wooden trunk, bright red paint before restoration

Nice paint job, but the red just didn’t match the new drapes

long wooden trunk after restoration,

This is more like it.

very large monitor top truck before restoration

A huge Monitor Top Trunk
Who would want this thing at the foot of the bed?  Egads.

very large monitor top truck after restoration closed
very large monitor top truck after restoration opened

Large brown, wooden trunk before restoration

Leather-covered trunk from the mid 1800s, 
with a fabulous brown paint job (yikes!)

Large brown, wooden trunk before restoration

New leather, cleaned up and oiled the slats, new brass buttons. 

close up buckle on wooden trunk

Replaced all the metal bands, polished up the original lock plate.

Louis vuitton trunk before restoration

An old Louis Vuitton trunk.  Nice trunks when they’re in good condition, but sometimes a complete makeover is in order.

Louis vuitton trunk after restoration

Ready to be put to use.  Sure smells better than it did when we found it.

thin long trunk before restoration closed
thin long trunk before restoration opened

Duluth Trunk Company cabin trunk

thin long trunk after restoration closed
thin long trunk after restoration opened

Nice cabin trunk, just right for sliding under your berth aboard the train.  We put cedar in the tray both for strength and to make the trunk smell like a gerbil cage.
Or keep out moths maybe.

canvas trunk box before restoration

Another canvas box trunk, made by Rauchbach & Goldsmith, right around 1890

canvas trunk box afterrestoration
Civil War big box trunk before restoration

Paper-covered trunk, Civil War era.  The paper was shot, the handles were made from some old geezer’s belt, and the inside was covered in newspaper from 1868.

Civil War big box trunk after restoration
Larger Civil War big box trunk before restoration

Here’s another paper covered trunk, quite a bit larger than the one above.  Paper was used during the Civil War, all the leather and tin went off to war.

Larger Civil War big box trunk after restoration
small trunk before restoration

A small-sized animal hide covered trunk.  It had been covered in fabric, and looked absolutely awful.

small trunk after restoration

We had to fabricate a tin cover for the hole where the lock used to be. 

Half trunk, which was canvas covered when we got it.

Leather-covered dome top.  Not much leather left, and it had been kept outside for a while.  Had lots of rust to deal with.

We had to fabricate a tin cover for the hole where the lock used to be. 

An old Vanderman stagecoach strong box, the genuine article.  Made from 1/8″ steel with thick oak slats.  Had six heavy handles so 6 workers could lift the payroll.

Notice it’s resting on the dolly – this box weighed 110 pounds empty.  Nice coffee table.  Imagine banging your shin on that.  Most Vanderman boxes were made to carry tools, but a few carried gold bars or payroll money.  Nobody ever brags that theirs was used to haul plumber’s tools – they all say theirs held gold bars.  Imagine that.

A small flat-top crystal tin trunk.  The owner wanted it painted to match something else in the house.  We were able to clean out the inside and save the lithographs at the same time.

Marshall Fields standard box trunk, large size.  We removed the canvas and cleaned it up inside.  Lined the top with cedar.

Angled-top or hip trunk by M.M. Secors, quite a rare trunk.  Had old, thick canvas that just had to go, and a wonderful aroma inside.  We used clothespins for our noses.

A nice, warm pine stain and a little tung oil.

We don’t have a before picture of this one, but it is such a rare trunk it needed to be shown.  This style of trunk is covered in thin oak or hickory slats.  Refinishing one of these is touchy business – the slats must be able to move independently of one another or the whole thing will start to crack.  We’ve got the process all figured out here in the shop.  These slat trunks can be worth a lot, so keep your eyes open for them.  One of these sold on eBay in early 2006 for $2000 in as-found condition.

Canvas-covered trunk, needed a little help.

A nice cherry stain to match the bedroom furniture.

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