|Project by janice||posted 10-26-2010 02:54 AM||1726 views||4 times favorited||28 comments|
This was just a simple fun little project. I’ve been seeing these around in the stores lately as coolers. I’ve been wondering what to do with that old beat up trunk I’ve had for years that was my dads. I originally thought my dad built this but he thinks it was his foot locker in the army in 51. He said everyone had one. Do the last two picture look familar to anyone??? Those pictures are after hours of removing paint from it. I still have to work on the handles alittle bit. Still some paint stuck in the crevices.
I posted this as a finished project, but this really isnt finished. Obivisouly I made a new lid for it and I can’t use the original buckle style hinges. Have to get some hinges and my husband is going to put a faucet in the bottom for a drain. I couldnt get the handles off either without really messing something up. Of course I want to use them. Just need to clean them up and paint them. I probably should have done that before the stain, but I wasnt sure how the two different woods were going to look after the stain. if I didnt like it I was going to paint the whole thing. The trunk is cedar, the legs and frame are just pine, common lumber from the hardware store. The inside is lined with sheet metal and I painted that years ago so I could have a clean finish when I was using this for storage. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I really don’t think I will use this that often as a cooler but I’m wondering how well the paint on the inside will hold up in ice and water. HMMM, maybe pool paint. I’ll have to check into that. I really like the rustic look but I’m thinking about painting Budweiser on the front, or a fishing scene since this is going to the cabin to sit on my porch. Then again, might just leave it as it is. I’m liking that idea more. Maybe some varnish. Of course I have a bottle opener to mount on it too. I’m just glad I found a new use for this old trunk. Thanks for looking.