Treasure Chest Coffee Table. I have had this previous trunk for as long as I will keep in mind. It had been unsound, dirty and someone had used it to color a project thereon long before it had been handed right down to Maine. It even weekday for years in a damp basement and keep scrap project wood.
Then for a few reason, i made a decision to tug it out at some unspecified time in the future… I actually have had this ugly factor sitting around in my lounge as a cocktail table through 2 totally different moves currently.
It’s time to revive it.
I had been desirous to attach feet to the current chest for an extended whereas. Back in my previous house, I had hardwood floors and also the brass on this chest wont to drag a little and leave scratches behind.
Browsing through Lowes in some unspecified time in the future I happened upon these wood replacement furnishings legs. Since these legs have a bit of rib rod in them, I trained out a hole in every corner of the chest to sink this rod into. I then trained 3 (3) holes from the within of the lowest of the chest to connect the feet with deck screws.
There was previous paint on the highest of the box that I soaked off with a gel paint stripper.
Next, I sanded the highest of the box.
I used an electrical electric sander for the larger areas and hand sanded the perimeters and smaller surfaces. The largest factor with sanding is to form certain everything appearance even, particularly since this wood is going to be stained.
By now I used to be very solely testing, however, the design of however this project may end up.
The results were pretty sensible.
Time to urge serious.
First, clean all of the brass. If you by mistake hit the wood with one in all the brushes, it’s pretty simple to sand over and fixes. For the brass, I needed a brushed look, one thing with some texture and slightly of character. To attain this I bought the 2 (2) brass brushes shown. The flat brush works well to wash around the brass screws, whereas the opposite brush was wont to clean all of the flat brass strips and come through that lapped brush look.
** once operating with brass, make sure to shop for brass brushes! Otherwise, you will leave silver streaks behind on your project with a steel brush.
Second Step; Sand Sand. After the brass is clean, act and sand all of the wood surfaces of the chest.
*I guess I ought to conjointly mention that I force all of the previous, corroded, brass screws out of the wood areas before sanding. I then clean the screws with sandpaper before reinstalling them and before coating the chest with polymer.*
The third Step; Stain the wood. After sanding, stain the wood with one lightweight coat of the stain of your selection. For my project, i select a red mahogany. The stain can get to dry for a couple of days till it’s now not tacky.
Fourth step; polymer end. After the stain has completely dried apply 2 (2) coats of polymer to any or all surfaces, as well as the brass.
** make sure to use the coats thinly as any runs are going to be visible within the final product.
As you’ll see, I removed the lid to form finishing all of the surfaces slightly easier. This conjointly ensured that I failed to accidentally polymer over the hinges, as this may create them stiff.
Reattach the lid and replace the previous, rusted handles.
Finished project; One lovely, functional, chest cocktail table.