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« on: October 30, 2008 04:23:12 AM »

and I want to turn it into a tv stand. 

We are a military family and just moved to Germany.  Our el-cheapo TV stand was broken in the move and Im trying to figure out a way to use what we have on hand as a new TV stand for the living room.  We have a military trunk that my hubby got at our last base.  Trunk measurements are   36 x 20 7/8 x 18 (LxWxH).  Basically, we're just going to sit the tv on the trunk lid but it's not that simple.  The lid bows a tiny bit so I am going to put a board on top that reaches the full length to sit the tv on.  Only one part of the old tv stand was broken so Im going to use the base board from it as the support board.  The tv is a Hitachi 42 flat screen LCD so it needs a decent amount of support underneath it.  The trunk is that dark military green on both the wooden sides and the metal frame.  I want to paint it another color.  Not sure what color yet.  I know Ill have to prime the wood and then paint it. 

That brings me to what I need help with.  How do I pretty up the metal frame?  Or at least clean the paint off of it and make it shiny.  I think one part even has some rust on it.  I'm also thinking about making a table runner to go over the "base board" and have it drape down the sides of the trunk to the floor.


Any ideas are welcome!

« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2008 06:48:09 PM »

I gave an old footlocker an Asian look by painting the whole thing glossy Chinese Red, then painting the edge trim glossy black.  I meant to gold leaf the corners and lock, but never got around to it.

You could go with a "treasure chest" look by giving it a wood faux finish and painting the trim and hardware black to look like iron.

Or paint it a weathered blue or green and freehand or stencil flowers on it for a northern-European country look.

You could also sand the metal parts with very fine sandpaper--600 grit or higher--to clean and polish it.  Even higher grits or metal polish will make it shinier.

My dad was in the Marines.  Mom says that three military moves equals total destruction by fire.

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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2008 07:52:49 AM »

My husband also recommended the sanding technique for bringing the metal back.

I was thinking that instead of using a piece of wood on the top of the trunk for support, that you could build a wooden frame inside the trunk that would support it from the inside.  I'm not sure if it would work in this case without seeing the trunk, but it may look nice and keep the visual integrity of the outside of the trunk.  Just a suggestion.  It would be a bit more work but nothing showing outside.
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