My father was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps in World War II, and this was his footlocker. I had it for several years in good condition prior to college, then it went into Mom's musty basement that flooded several times; mold and rot had eaten a hole through the bottom and all the metal was rusted. I fixed the hole with a new bottom insert, and completely lined the interior with wood-grained plastic laminate. The exterior panels were carefully restored and preserved with clear urethane and the metal was sanded and painted satin black. The original lettering is on the top, and even the address label from when Dad went to college on the G.I. Bill is still there! I dressed it up a bit with better hinge hardware on the inside and a few vinyl graphics on the back. A navy grey painted plywood stand helps lift it off the floor and doubles the chest's use as a display table.