Help!! I Need Your Ideas on How to Restore This Foot Locker

Delia Castillo
by Delia Castillo
Bought this foot locker at yard sale - inside is not so pretty; any suggestions? Please help...
  14 answers
  • Allison K. Allison K. on Aug 31, 2014
    plant flowers in it? Upholster the inside? Use it as a coffee/enc table
  • Wendy Bass Wendy Bass on Aug 31, 2014
    I would clean it up little but leave just like it is. You could place under a window and put a cushion on it to make a window seat-that way you can take cushion off and use the trunk somewhere else if you wanted. Love it!
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 31, 2014
    The outside looks pretty good. Clean it well and maybe wax it. Scrape anything out of the inside (I found this helps with old trunks that have the musties), scrub it good, dry it in the sun if possible and then finish the inside with fabric or vintage looking paper. I used fabric with one of mine and then sealed it. I've also used vintage looking wallpaper in the past for another one. If the hinges need replacing, they are available online as are leather handles and lock sets. This site looks good and they even have the fabric to redo the interior. I believe I bought my parts on Ebay when I needed them. Good luck!
  • Connie B Connie B on Aug 31, 2014
    I polished mine (exactly like yours) with Bees Wax. It's our coffee table and great for storage....especially since we've downsized.
    • Norma burnett Norma burnett on Jan 13, 2015
      It looks like you are finished so since I live in hendersonville, nc and your husband could help me do my yard.
  • Norma snoddy Norma snoddy on Aug 31, 2014
    you can finish inside with fabric, velvet always looks good. Pull fabric to center of lid from all sides, and attach an oval mirrror. Continue fabric in all other inside areas of trunk. On the outside, either paint, shabby, and poly, or clean well, and poly. You'll love the result.
  • Sheri N Sheri N on Dec 07, 2014
    I have one just like it in one of my bedrooms. I store blankets in it for the winter. This is actually a steamer trunk, and not a foot locker. I have not refinished mine since I like the dinged up look and it will also lower the value of the trunk if you modify it.
  • Pam Taylor Pam Taylor on Dec 14, 2014
    My mom redid a trunk found in gma's attic. I use it as a coffee table in my living room & store table linens & handmade quilts in it.
  • Debra Woodard Debra Woodard on Dec 14, 2014
    Pam Taylor-Gorgeous! how difficult was that restoration to do?
  • Starbright57 Starbright57 on Dec 14, 2014
    I did two trunks that looked similar to your trunk. Both were structurally sound but ragged looking. I cannot tell if your trunk has the stiff fabric on it or not. I used a bucket and sponge and wet up sections an they come loose. You take a razor and cut all around it by the metal. Pull on it and the fabric comes off. Wipe off/clean off the glue as you go. Underneath is wood which I stained and refinished. I sanded and refinished the insides. Don't get any finish on the metal. One had a pretty lift off tray which I cut cardboard and covered and glued inside the tray and outside of they tray. If you refinish the inside you seal off the musty smell. Then I taped it all off and sprayed painted the metal with a couple light coats of black paint. Then when dry with a itsy bitsy small bush and a small bottle of gold paint found in the handicraft aisle, I painted the nail heads. I also had to buy new handles which I just bolted onunder the handle brackets. Kinda touchy doing that but it worked. Had to get holes under the brackets and into the wood so the bolts fit. I also put a poly finish on the bottom, which was black paint, so it wouldn't stain the carpets. I kinda kept track and I spent round 80 hours on each one. Definitely was worth it though. I get lots of complements with people wondering where they might get one too. My answer is to go to an antique store, get your bucket and wet it up and start out. You can get it real sloppy, so don't skimp. Just get that old fabric/burlap off of there. I found both projects to be fun and rewarding. Guess that is why I did two. The first one turned out so well, I just had to do another.
  • Fenya Kashergen Fenya Kashergen on Dec 17, 2014
    clean it up and dry it outside. repaint the canvas neutral grey, replace any leather and enjoy I did this with 2 different trunks.
  • Linda OsborneMarvel Linda OsborneMarvel on Jan 13, 2015
    we did ours in AS chalk paint in imperial red. came out fabulous
  • Janet Hartley Janet Hartley on Jan 13, 2015
    I love it like it is. Beautiful piece
  • Jan Munroe Jan Munroe on Jan 14, 2015
    First, this isn't a foot locker. It is an old steamer trunk they used in the victorian area for ship voyages, train and wagon trips. Restore and enjoy. Missing parts are available from