I wanted a good sized chest for daughter to keep all her dress-up stuff in, and I looked and looked and all I could find was either miserably cheap and junky, or insanely expensive. So a friend of mine gave me this old military trunk (he said it was in Vietnam, but who knows).
It had tons of paint on it, layer over layer. Here is a close-up of the layers of paint.
The inside still had what I can only assume are some kind of wood pieces to hold in dividers or maybe some kind of gun racks. This is what the inside looked like.
So I sanded, and sanded, and sanded. And wiped. And sanded. And sanded some more. I so wish I had taken pics DURING this entire fiasco, but I did it in 16 hours, non-stop, with very few breaks (her birthday was that weekend.) I knocked off the wood pieces on the inside with a hammer (some had screws which obviously, I unscrewed). Painted it white with indoor semi gloss and taped it off. Sprayed the trim, hinges, and latches with lavender spray paint (the durable kind that's used for outdoor patio furniture). I decorated it with butterfly stickers and I just want to say that I could have, should have and WANTED TO hand-paint this, because painting is one of my "things," but I simply did NOT have the time.
On the inside bottom I put a piece of squishy foam padding that a friend of mine donated out of her craft junk stash, and lined it throughout using Elmer's spray adhesive and some purple canvas that I had laying around in my hall closet.
Let me know what you think.