While salvaging items from a 100-year old General Store in Sanford, FL that was set to be demolished I came across this old Army footlocker. The first thing that got me excited was the fact that the former owner's name was written on one side! I immediately started researching to see if any remaining relatives happened to still be in the area because I would have loved to repair the trunk and return it to them. Unfortunately I hit quite a few dead ends and found no one that seemed to be related. I did, however, uncover some records that show that this particular solider was actually stationed all the way in Antartica! After striking out on finding family members I decided to keep the trunk for myself and repurpose it in to a coffee table! I love the fact that my family can now say that our little coffee table has traveled to the south pole! I used several colors of chalk paint on the outside, blending them while wet. I also used patina products on all the metal rivets and embellishments to cover the previous rust and get a more antique look. I replaced the handles with new leather handles and then decoupaged the interior with 1960's road maps I also salvaged.