Friday, August 07, 2015
Old Trunk Renovation...
Well, for some reason, TODAY I decided this musty, old trunk was going out in the hot prairie sun for a de-stinkafication session. I read lots of things to deodorize old trunks, some of which I've already tried, but I tried the new-to-me remedy of spraying vodka with clove oil all over in the trunk and then letting it sit in the sun. Perhaps a week of sunshine would get it there, but just one day didn't. Frustrated, I decided to do something drastic!
The plan is to stain the interior wood with a Danish Oil stain. No poly finish. They say that you ought to leave the wood to breathe without sealing it, and for some reason, that makes sense to me. I may give it a linseed oil rub down too. I'll rub some steel wool over the rusty metal parts and then clean the exterior and oil the wood and leather straps. I have no intention of changing it or adding new parts. I like the well-worn, well-used look, but I do want the interior to be stink free so I can store some things in it.
I don't know yet what I'm going to stash in it. Maybe board games on the bottom and card games on the top tray. Or maybe some quilts and blankets (depending on the smell). It would be a fun dress-up trunk too. The Grandies think it's a treasure chest so maybe I should hide some treasure in it!
What kind of treasure would you hide in a trunk?
If you have renovated a smelly, old trunk, do you have any tips?
More to come as the project progresses!