Last summer we bought a circa 1900 steamer trunk made by L. McBrine and Co. – rather unique having drawers. It was in pretty rough shape, especially the interior with torn and stained fabric.
Since I was repurposing it to use in our living room for my knick knacks I didn’t go for a full restore. The first step was to strip off the exterior canvas to get down to the pine wood to refinish.
The material inside was attached with wallpaper paste. I soaked the material with water which helped with the removal. I then had to scrape the paste off the wood and then sand. I sealed everything with varathane and gave it all a wax.
I loaded up the drawers with all my goodies and put some of my favourites on display.