We found this beauty about a year ago:
My husband decided he wanted to tackle this project, so I let him make all executive decisions (I desperately wanted to restore the canvas, but he had other ideas). After LOTS of sanding, extensive buffing of the metal, and coats of pure uncut tung oil mixed with mineral spirits in a 1:1 ratio with a VERY small amount of solvent based stain (he used golden oak); here is the finished result:
I LOVE it!
The finish he used coats the ENTIRE trunk (leather, metal, wood, everything).
linking to Miss Mustardseed; one of my all time fav eye candy blogs ;)