Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ghosts and Vintage Steamer Trunk Turned Media Cabinet

A few months ago while perusing my local Home Goods I found four of these industrial wheels.  I didn't know exactly what I was going to use them for, but they were too cool to pass up.  I figured I could always return them, but if I didn't buy them, they wouldn't be there when I came back. 

I thought I would make some sort of media cabinet for my husband's Man Cave and attach them to the bottom. 
Here are some pictures I pinned for my inspiration.

While shopping at my local thrift store I found an old trunk.
 It was marked $25, but I bought it for $20. 
I always ask if they will sell it cheaper and usually they will. 
It never hurts to ask.

It had some old peeling stickers on it that I didn't pay much attention too until I got home.
 After a closer look, I did a little research.
The Norddeutsche Lloyd was German shipping company. It was founded 1857 and merged in 1970 with Hamburg America Line to form Hapag-Lloyd.

Cunard-White Star Line was a British shipping line based in Southampton, England between 1934 and 1968, due to the merger between the Cunard Line and the White Star Line.
Ever hear of a little ship called the Titanic?  It was part of the White Star Fleet.
Unfortunately I can't read the date of sailing.

I also found this Railway Express Agency sticker. 
It says Flushing, NY.  That's were my husband is from.  
I can read Grand Central Station, but again I can't read the date.
The Railway Express Agency was a parcel service started in 1917, much like UPS. 
It ended operations in 1975.

 I wondered who Martin Broones was/is so I googled him. 
There was a Martin Broones from NY, (1901 – 1971) He was a music composer.  "He wrote the scores for many musical comedies which were produced in New York, London, and Paris, and he organized and directed the first Music Department in Hollywood for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His musical styles range from Classical to Broadway to the Hollywood film scoring of the 1940-50’s."

How cool if this was his old steamer trunk?
The kids were a little worried it might bring a ghost into the house. 
 I hope he plays beautiful music.

I hope Mr. Broones doesn't mind I made a little modification to his trunk.  First I cleaned it up.  It was damp and musty from being left outside at the thrift store.  I sprinkled baking soda inside to absorb the smells.  I Modge Podged over the stickers to keep them from peeling off any more than they already were.
The bottom was rusted out and I needed to reinforce it with ply-wood before attaching the wheels.
I bolted a piece of ply-wood to the inside and a piece to the outside using metal brackets.

This gave the trunk enough strength to support the heavy industrial wheels.
I worried that my modifications would devalue the trunk, but it was so damaged and rusted out, I got over that quickly.

I love all the rust. 
I ended up sealing to whole trunk in Modge Podge because the sheen was different on the stickers than the rest of the trunk.

My husband's Man Cave TV is sitting on it for now, but the TV is going to get mounted on the wall above the trunk.

The leather handles were missing so I added some rope ones. 

It cost me under $100 to make this new/old media cabinet. 
The ones I pinned started around $1000.

On the to do list, make tall industrial shelving to flank each side of the trunk like my industrial shelves I made for my great room.

To see how I made these shelves go HERE.

For under a $100 I have a new media cabinet, a piece of interesting history, and hopefully a friendly, musical ghost.

I hope you didn't mind the History lesson today? 
Sometimes I'm a nerd, I guess it's the ex-school teacher in me.

Found any interesting things at your local thrift store lately?

Thanks for checking it out.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Windsor Chair Update

More Man Cave projects.

I've had this hand me down chair for many years. 
It's very comfortable and sturdy.

Seat before

A little too shiny for my taste.

The finish has seen better days.
The seat and arms were scratched.
I like distressed pieces, but this didn't look good.


A little sanding, some tape, a little spray paint and here is my new Windsor chair.
It kind of reminds me of a rugby uniform or racing stripes on a vintage car.
My family is not a fan of this project.
 Most of the time they like my DIY projects, but this one fell flat. 
Oh well, you can't please everyone all of the time. 


I want this for an office chair.
Ripple Black Leather Office Chair from Crate and Barrel $299
I just don't feel like spending that much on a chair at the moment.

Then I saw this Etsy chair on Lakeitha's blog, Home To Three Duncan Boy's.
No. 33

She did this one.
I love it.
Willie Mae3

Sorry I don't have any pictures of the process.  My camera memory card is full and I deleted the pictures thinking I had already downloaded them to my computer.  Here's what I did.  I sanded the deep scratches smooth and spray painted the whole chair black satin.  Next I taped off half the chair and spray painted it hunter green.  I taped off the stripe and spray painted the blue stripe.  I sanded the whole chair again to give it a distressed look. 
I used left over paint I already had so this makeover was free.
Glad it was free because I'm not sure how long it's sticking around?

For now it's going in the Man Cave with my leather studded desk.

Do you ever do projects that your family doesn't like, or am I the only one?

Thanks for checking it out.
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