Sometimes I wonder if I make it all look too easy. I want to be sure to share the disasters with you too. And today I have a good one.
Recently I sent Mr. Q off to pick up an Eastlake dresser. I love painting these. I know there are probably some ‘antique’ people out there that cringe when I say that, but I only paint the ones that are in questionable shape. So this one seemed right up my alley. Note: the photo below is not the actual dresser, I borrowed this photo online, but this is the basic style of the dresser and in similar condition.
It was a little rickety, but Mr. Q had Ken over to consult, and he thought we could re-glue some key joints and it would be good as new. So, we threw it up on some horses and started gluing and clamping.
We left everything to cure properly, and Ken said he would check on it the next day while I was at work.
That day, my phone rang at the office and it was Ken. He was laughing so hard, he could barely get the story out. Apparently he was going to move some clamps and add some more glue when he bumped the dresser. He said he watched it, as if in slow motion, fall to the ground where it came apart into a million pieces. There was nothing to do but laugh. And laugh. And then call me and laugh some more. Note: the photo below IS the actual dresser!
Yep. We’re going to call this one Humpty Dumpty from now on.
I don’t have all of the king’s horses and all of the king’s men, but fortunately I do have Ken. And he likes puzzles.
He is actually looking forward to the process of putting it all back together again! He likes a challenge. It will make a great winter project for him. So, it may be a while before you see this one again. And there is always the possibility that instead of a sturdy dresser, we will just end up with some very expensive fire wood. I’ll keep you posted!