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Cleaning and Restoring an Old Trunk

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Old Steamer Trunk
Whether it's an heirloom or an antique store find, an old trunk can be a wonder addition to your home for both storage and decoration. This is a guide about cleaning and restoring an old trunk.
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July 21, 2006

Do you have an old trunk somewhere up in your attic, gathering dust because years ago some imbecile flipped the lid up hard and bent the hinges outwards? All you need to repair it is some braided high-test fishing line (the heavier stuff) and a staple gun.

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Cut two pieces of the fishing line (about two feet per side, depending on the size of your trunk) and staple one end to the inner side of the lid, near the front. Leave about an inch sticking out from the other side of the staple, then fold it over and staple both the long end and the inch-long end, about a quarter-inch from the other staple. Repeat this on the other side.

Now, do the same thing on the inside ends of the trunk, also near the front, about an inch from the front walls, just like the top end.

Now your previously forgotten trunk will work fine, regardless of how decrepit the hinges are. If they are still attached, (even by a hair), your trunk will now function properly, provided you have done it right.

P.S. Try to get the lengths and positions the same on both ends of the trunk or your fix won't work too well.

By Paul from Walnutport, PA

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June 25, 2017

I found a old wardrobe trunk and would like to restore it. Unfortunately it is missing the drawers. Does any one know the best places to find replacement drawers?

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June 26, 20170 found this helpful

You could try thrift stores. If it is old, it may not be manufactured anymore. You could also try to find someone to make a drawer.

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July 16, 2010

How can you clean a steamer trunk?

By Janice from Carlisle, IN

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