Wednesday – guess what day it is?? That’s right, Bagel Day! It was actually cool this morning in the 60s, so we wore long pants for riding to breakfast. The deliciousness:
That coffee is a 20 oz coffee, too. The only way to start the day! 😀 😀
That new account for work has been keeping me hopping. My company got hired on to help another one get caught up on their dications. Somehow, they let themselves get behind by around 2000 files – a month’s worth of files. The account was 1 month behind when we started and it is supposed to be a 24-hour turnaround. Holy crap – how did they let it get so bad before getting help?? So, there is plenty of work and after a big learning curve it is going well. The client is happy with my work, but booted off 2 of the other MTs because they couldn’t make the grade. Bad news is that I cannot get them caught up by myself – even if I typed 24 hours a day. It’s impossible, so now my company has to move some others to the account. (Glad that isn’t my job). I am not sure how long this overflow will last past catching them up, which means I will be low on work again. I actually have another job offered to me and I have to think seriously about whether or not to take it. Lots on my plate right now on that front.
Anyway, I *finally* finished another trunk. It was a rainy evening last night, so I got the last bit done. This is the trunk as it first came to me:
As you can see, it has an embossed metal covering, which was quite rusty. It’s an alligator skin printed metal.
The inside smelled musty and the paper covering was pretty well shot.
The one was different than the other trunk because I didn’t have to remove the outside covering, but I did have to scrub off the rust. Then I used some Rustoleum Aluminum to go over the embossed metal and black over the other hardware. Then I did an antiquing glaze and sealed it with satin polyurethane.
For the inside, I scraped off the paper, sprayed the inside with vinegar and water and gave it time in the sun, which reduced the odor a lot. Then I sealed the inside with Kilz primer and painted it. I actually used the same gray paint as our living room walls as I wanted it to kind of go with the silver look:
The antiquing lets the print of the metal come out nicely:
I put on new leather handles. The old metal caps are somewhat fragile from rust, but I decided to keep them and let the new owners know they really are only for show and not to lift the trunk by them:
The best dating for this trunk is from between 1880 to 1910. That was when embossed metal trunks were made. Based on the style of lock on this trunk, probably on the earlier side of that.
Again, it still looks old, but now nice enough that you would want to use it for storage and keep it on display.
Hopefully someone will buy it! I will be putting it on my vintage lists this week and see who is interested. Now it is on to the next one.
A last shot – there was a rainbow this evening when we were downtown.
That means good luck, right?