You have seen this trunk before. It has been tossed from a thrift shop, out of Chucks' truck, and into my truck several times. It has aired and I have finally found all the acorns that were hidden in it. Today it was the big polishing because as you will see I located a luggage rack for it.
You will notice that today was a very busy one. I remembered to take before photos, but neglected most of the afters.
As always with my blog posts, you will have to use your imagination! This trunk turned out beautiful!
I drove up just in time to save these. If I had gone the next day these old wooden windows would have been trashed.
I loved the three-pane look. And the crusty white paint!
I cleaned these and scrubbed off the mildew.
I tried to get a photograph of the glass in these windows. Just about all of the panes are the original wavy, bubbly glass.
Please feel free to use your imagination again!
This was close to being tossed. It was marked down and it was the perfect size for the above trunk. Even the color matches the trunk.
I thought the gold embossing on the leather straps was classy enough to be used with the leather trunk from England!
These had already been tossed beside the dumpster. I got them for a ridiculous price because one side of each one was covered in silver duct tape.
They do not match except in color. The smaller one is the oldest.
I removed all the tape and scuff marks. Used Armorall to shine the leather.
Wish I had an after photo.
You know - imagination here!
THE DIRTIEST CHAIR IN THRIFT WORLD!
While rescuing the suitcases, a lady drove up in a huge pick-up piled high with all kinds of interesting junk. Now this thrift shop does allow me to peek in and around the dumpster, BUT they do not want me getting first dibs on new items. So I had to stand back while they unloaded. The last things out were a wood frame with fence wire stapled to it and the dirtiest chair I have ever seen in my entire life. This would include the several crack houses and drug dens I have been in when there is a clean-out going on.
If I had scratch-and-sniff blog ability you would be losing your lunch right this very minute. She said it was her dog's chair. Well, I have two dogs and have had dogs all my life and my furniture looks nothing like this. Has she ever trained the dog to use a blanket? Does she know that dogs are washable?
Between the back and the seat was hunks of dog fur. Does she know you can brush a dog? Does she know there is something called a vacuum cleaner that will suck that fur right out of there?
She told the clerk there was ONE LITTLE FLAW - the handle had come unscrewed from the back. The clerk looked at me as if to ask, "What do I do?" The clerk told her she could not accept it in its present condition. The lady asked if she could put it in the dumpster. The clerk looked appalled that the chair would go in their dumpster. She told the lady with the dirtiest chair in the world that it wasn't clean enough for their dumpster! So I came to her rescue because under all that grunge there were beautiful bones - this was a genuine antique.
I also took home the fence wire - I wasn't going to turn down that!
You know I am only afraid of toilet brushes and not much else. I pulled that chair over to my truck and threw her in. When I got home I put on disposable gloves and went to war. I was not able to save any of the straw and cotton batting under the upholstery, but the springs had been retied and the frame was in great shape. Once I screwed the arm back on there was not a single wiggle or jiggle in the chair. I washed with Fabuloso, white vinegar, and plenty of Febreeze. She basked in the sun for hours until all the smells were gone - gone with the wind!
I think she has an elegant shape and her distressing is divine. Just look at that arm - the wood, the Tiffany blue, and the crusty white. I love her just the way she is. She is now residing in the booth where I know someone will fall in love with her. They will never know at one time she was THE DIRTIEST CHAIR IN THRIFT WORLD!