For those of you who were children in the 70's you recognize my title as a play on the old saying "Keep on truckin'"--I think I had a t-shirt with that on it. I thought it was appropriate for this old trunk--it just keeps on going. I would love to know how many "lives" it has had and who originally owned it.
When I got it--a week or so ago--from a thrift store for $2, it was in need of some TLC. It had been used to store elk antlers--stinky!! There was some great newspaper in it from December 29th, 1949 from Omaha. I looked at it carefully, but had to toss it because it smelled so bad.
The first thing this trunk got was good scrubbing with some bleach water (there were several spider egg sacks in the inside as well). I then primed the inside and painted it, which took care of the nasty smell. I scrubbed up the outside, put a coat of poly on it before painting it to "glue" down the tears in the fabric covering. I did the decorative painting and put more poly on it. I'd like to say it is as good as new, but it won't ever be. The leather on it is fragile (BTW--there are flowers stamped on several places on the leather straps--I love details like that!). But, for now it has a new life as a fun coffee table for someone!
Gotta go watch Michael Phelps swim, night night!