Restoration help please.

Herndon, VA(Zone 6b)

I'm not sure of the condition it will be in when I pick it up later, but I was wondering if anyone has experiance with restoring old footlockers? I am assuming this will be one of the military types that seem to abound in this area. I am hoping to turn it into a toy chest for the kids.
And advice would be helpful, I will get pics once I pick it up later.
Thanks in advance,
~Cicca~

Englewood, FL

Paint it,for a girl, leave it as-is for a boy, they like that kind of army stuff , remove the latch so a little-one can't trap himself inside, the only thing I would worry about is the heavy lid slamming on a little head or fingers.

Herndon, VA(Zone 6b)

I was thinking the same thing, thankfully this one is really light.

I'll get a pic in the am, once I have a chance to test the lid hinges to make sure it won't slam down I can look at repainting it.

Herndon, VA(Zone 6b)

Oops! I forgot about this thread... My salty crackers, I'll get on it asap. Too cold now to paint but spring is just around the corner (I hope) =)

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

YOu might be able to buy a safety thing that keeps the lid from slamming, that you can install.

Herndon, VA(Zone 6b)

The lock part is all bent and gnarly not suitable for a childs toy box I'd be afraid they'd catch a sharp edge or get a little finger stuck in the gap, so I made the decision that come spring it will house either my sewing notions OR my garden equipment IE bag of soil, spade,watering can, etc.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Garden storage sounds really nice and suitable for the locker.

Herndon, VA(Zone 6b)

That's what I was thinking I could set the stawrberries on it and not lose needed space on the patio.
I'd still like to do something with the ugly fabric chairs the blue color really annoys me it comes off as "manly" on my pretty patio, I wonder if I can find a sprayable fabric paint? Or would normal spray paint work? I don't want it cracking and chipping. Has anyone got an idea?
This is my fav area of the apartment weather permitting I spend more time out there than I do inside. It's my writing nook!

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

You can "paint on" fabric dye. I saw an article in a mag where they painted designs on throw pillows with fabric dye, like Rit.

Herndon, VA(Zone 6b)

I'll have to test a patch to see if I can bleach the blue out and then test to try that idea! :)
So much to do so little time!
The weather man is teasing me, said Saturday is going to be 68!!!!

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

We have ANOTHER couple of inches of snow. Sigh... glad I already have most of my supplies bought because I don't want to waste on my time traveling to the store.

Herndon, VA(Zone 6b)

Awww, I'll share my sunshine dear. :)
Just remember spring is nearly here!!!!

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

YES!!! And I planted more than 300 bulbs and I am praying they make it. They were planted late (shipped to me by a friend who was moving) so they didn't get optimal planting conditions/ timing.

Herndon, VA(Zone 6b)

Oh no! I lost a ton of plants to inopportune weather a few years back. I feel the pain.

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