Old Painted Metal and Wood Braced Trunk Restoration- Albuquerque

Painted Wood and Metal Trunk Strip and Refinish

This old trunk had been in the Labbe family for many years and handed down through the generations from mother to daughter. Susie the current owner loved the chest, but hated the fact the chest had been painted white, especially as the paint had started to yellow over the course of time.

Bespoke Restoration’s first step in the restoration process was to test the paint for lead! Once the test proved negative, the arborous task of stripping the paint began.

Once all the paint was removed, the next task was to manufacture a new leather strap to replace the one that had been ripped off and was missing.  Furniture Medic by Bespoke Restoration cut a new strap of leather and aged the color appropriately to match the existing strap.

Finally, a satin clear coat was applied to the whole truck to protect the zinc metal and ash wood exterior. The stain finish really made the raw materials pop.

The Labbe’s were very pleased with the end result- below is the “Tell FM” review they provided following the return of the chest:


“We were so impressed with the professional way that Mark handled our order! He was so kind and was prompt in responding each time we communicated. The most amazing thing was the way our trunk turned out. It is absolutely beautiful. We will highly recommend this company and look forward to using you again!”

Here are the great “before” & “after” photos:


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