A few years ago I ran across an old trunk at a garage sale with intentions to reattach the missing hardware and use it as a conversation piece in my living room. Once I got it home, it ended up in my walk-in closet storing Christmas decorations.
When I moved into my new house, I stored it in the garage only to discover later that the cane had been ripped off the back. So I had to make a decision; Throw it out or reinvent the whole trunk.
Once I decided to restore the trunk and resell the finished product in my Flea Market booth, I discovered the front was completely caved in so I had to replace the front and pretty much start from scratch. Which really wasn’t a bad thing. It gave the trunk a renewed stability so I had a good foundation to work with .
I recovered the trunk with batting and finished off with a nice French-print fabric. The blue fabric for the lining was a great finishing touch.
I ended up using new hardware as some of the original pieces were missing.
I hope you like the transformation as much as I do.
Oh, the trunk only lasted for about 3 hours in my booth before someone scarfed it up.