I have had several asking about my process and so I thought I'd dedicate a post for that.
Once I had the trunk in my possession, I took a piece of the trunk that was tearing off. It was pretty small, but big enough to take it into my local paint store & match it to a color swatch card. It was pretty spot on.
I cleaned up the trunk using simple green, and being careful of the original tags so we could salvage them. It was important to my friend.
I started by giving the trunk a couple of coats of paint. Once it was all dry, I started on the patina part. This was the most time consuming of all.
I used an artist brush & went over all of the metal parts with Modern Masters primer. I let it dry. And, then because I wanted it a little extra rusty, I mixed a little of the primer & bronze oxidizing paint. I let this dry over night. The next day I went over all of the metal parts again with the mixture & used the rust activator spray on the wet paint mixture.
THIS stuff = INCREDIBLE!!
The straps also needed to be replaced since they were not in good shape at all! I need to back up just a minute. Knowing the straps would need to be replaced, I had asked a dear friend if he could help me. I don't have the right tools to pull the nails out without causing major damage. He pulled them out and gave me new straps :) He's a good egg!!
Since the straps were brand new I needed to make them look old to match the trunk.
I took a sanding block and roughed them up a bit. I then took the mixture of the primer & oxidizing paint and dabbed some on the straps (making sure I covered the stitching). I then sprayed a bit of rust activator..
And, they now look old :)
I used some spray poly over the entire trunk & especially over the tags to protect them. After it dried, I went over the entire trunk with dark wax...
Now it was time to send the trunk & straps back to friend for him to attach for me. While he had the trunk I worked on the casters to give them a rusty old look. You can read how I did that HERE.
Once he sent it back to me, I touched up the trunk & painted the inside an antique white.
This trunk was now set to return home. I wrote about the trunks history in my giveaway post. But, you may have missed that... It is a great story to be told & one that brings me much joy... If you'd like to read about it, you can read it HERE.