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Floor Cabinet Made With 1939 Vintage Trunk - Upcycled - Arte Povera - 1

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Floor Cabinet Made With 1939 Vintage Trunk - Upcycled


Floor cabinet with stained glass door made with vintage wooden trunk.

Size: W41cm x D28cm x H67cm approx.

Weight: 12Kgs.

I found this vintage wooden trunk in a market in need of some restoration and a lot of tlc.

The trunk was covered in green paint, which was pealing off so I first sanded it down extensively and then strip it further with paint strip. Most of the original paint has gone but there is still some here and there, which I left to maintain its character. I then gave the trunk 2 coats of walnut stain to bring it back to its original colour and also gave it 2 coats of bees wax to protect it.

Unfortunately the top of the trunk was made of ply wood, so I decided to turn it into a floor cabinet and use the ply as a base for a new stained glass door.

I made the frame of the door with reclaimed timber and fixed it with glue and screws, which I covered with wooden nails. I then stained it with walnut stain and gave it 2 coats of bees wax. I also added the yellow stained glass I recycled from a vintage stained window and added stick on lead together with a ceramic knob.

I also added a shelf using reclaimed timber and decided to paint the inside of the cabinet a vintage green colour to give it a cleaner and fresher look.

The trunk still retains its original cast iron hinges and a metal strip all around the bottom to protect it.

The date (1939)  is carved at the bottom of the trunk (the top back of the cabinet) in the outside.

I think this cabinet would look great in any room adding a touch of rustic and quirkiness to any space as well as providing good storage.




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