I’m gonna start by admitting that this military trunk was one of my dumbest purchases ever.
For starters, I bought it when I was in New Mexico back in June.
Who buys a big wood trunk while traveling and would have to pack it in a vehicle full of people and luggage?
Well, that would be me. What was I thinking?
I also had no need whatsoever of a military trunk. None.
The other reason it was a dumb purchase is because it was in bad condition.
I don’t mean it just looked bad. I mean the wood was falling apart.
So, why did I buy it?
I’ve asked myself that question more than once.
I blame the hardware.
Latches, metal corners and metal feet are all I saw, and I didn’t inspect the condition of the trunk.
The store didn’t take returns, so I was stuck with it, and thus began…
… the dumbest thrift store purchase makeover…
My poor husband got the short end of the stick.
He had to basically rebuild it, just to make it sturdy again.
I had the easy job.
I told him what I wanted and he did it.
The whole front panel had to be replaced, and he added supports inside to stabilize it.
I did paint it though, and stained the trim. 🙂
I didn’t take in-progress photos, but you get the idea.
Strengthen it, paint it, add trim, and add handles. Done.
It sounds quicker than it was. Neither of us was excited about it, and we drug the project out for several weeks.
The only thing I bought was metal chest handles (affiliate link) to replace the original wood handles.
They were silver colored, so I painted them white to match the rest of the hardware.
My husband used scrap wood to do all the repairs on it.
So, it wasn’t an expensive makeover – just a dumb one.
A word to the wise…
If you see an old wooden military trunk, salute it, then run away.
Even if it has cool hardware.
Vaya con Dios,