March 10, 2009

How-To Tuesday

How To Restore an Old Trunk

This week is a little different as I am asking for your help.

I would like to know how to restore an old trunk. Here are a few pictures of a trunk that we got from Jared's parents and we would like to restore it.

The inside is cedar and the outside is tin with wood banding.

We aren't sure how to go about doing this. We don't want it to look brand new, we like the older look. The problem is it has a lot of rust on it and we want to get rid of that so we can put it in our living room.

If you have any suggestions about how to restore an old trunk, I would love to hear from you. Thanks for letting me pick your brains.


Nicoleigh said...

Random search on the internet landed me on this...

My first thought was steel wool. So maybe it will work. Good luck! Make sure to read the 1st response. I think it was the most informative. Especially since it mentions potential for lead paint.

Happy restoring!

paige said...

i've read multiple places that to remove rust, just dip a lime half in salt and gently rub at the rust. it should come off, and citrus doesn't harm wood (that's why they use orange or lemon oil in a lot of wood polishes).

nicole did make a good point about lead paint, though - is it painted?

(and by the way, super jealous. i was just at hobby lobby last week looking for an awesome looking trunk, but none were as nice as yours!)