Updating an antique wardrobe trunk
To replace a damaged or worn lid stay, measure the location of the existing stay, and use those measurements to position the new one.
Use a drill or nail-punch to make pilot holes slightly smaller than the screws to be used to attach the new stay.
There are three approaches you can take when performing your restoration; The first is a complete refurbish with new materials which ends with a fantastic finish, but can seriously diminish the value of your antique.
The second is a 'soft' restoration, where no new hardware is used, and only what was used in the original construction goes back into it's rebuild.
When buying an antique steamer trunk, inspect it carefully, checking for severe rust or rotting.
Trunks with only moderate damage can often be repaired because replacement parts such as corner trim, latches, rivets and leather handles are available through mail-order companies specializing in trunk restoration.
Two-tiered end tables and nightstands were all the rage back in the 50s. With a new coat of paint or finish, an old relic like this can become an indispensible piece of furniture. Floral patterns were blocked out over the original wood finish while the whole table was painted white.
Tap the nails in place with a hammer, and bend them over inside to attach them to the wood.If they aren't rotted to badly, they can be taken to a wire wheel to be revived, otherwise they'll need to be replaced.The rest of the hardware, such as, the metal trim and hinges can be removed in the same way, but as you'll see later, it can be better to leave them on.Whenever possible, parts from the same period (and preferably manufacturer) are installed and failing that, replaced with new hardware.I find the third method the most effective since it retains both curb appeal, and attempts to keep the piece as original as possible, however, feel free to use whichever one suits you best.