humpty dumpty.

Remember the dresser that fell apart?  I’m fondly calling it Humpty Dumpty.  Well, it didn’t take all the king’s horses or all of the king’s men … although I think some horses of a different kind were involved … it just took handyman Ken and his clever know-how to put Humpty together again.

Yep, he’s already got it done!

As a reminder, here is how it started out.  In a pile on the floor.

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Somehow Ken managed to sort all the pieces and start putting them back together again.

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This time it didn’t fall off the horses.

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These photos of the repair process were all taken by Ken in his workshop, which is far tidier than mine.

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And now, Humpty Dumpty looks like this!

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This is now one solid, well functioning dresser, thanks to Ken!

Next up, a new paint job.  I’m trying to decide what to do about the handles.  These are obviously new replacement handles designed to look old.  Should I keep them?  Or replace them?

All three of the keyhole escutcheons are missing.  Should I find replacements?  Or leave them as is?

Should I strip and wax the top, and just paint the rest?  Or paint it all?

What do you think?

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13 thoughts on “humpty dumpty.

  1. Defintely go for new keyhole escutcheons I think they would finish it beautifully and keep the handles that you have on there, – would be fab painted with stained top!

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    1. I was thinking painted with a stained top too! I just have to decide if I’m brave enough to try stripping the existing finish off the top inside my house. It’s definitely too cold here to do it outside now.

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  2. I guess because my out of date dresser has those kind of handles I hate them. They “clunk” every time you open a drawer and are rather ugly, in my opinion. I know you can find much cuter, funkier knobs for this great dresser!!

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    1. Sometimes it can cost more to replace all of the handles on a piece than I paid for the entire thing in the first place. So, I always try to make the existing handles work if I have them all, which I do in this case. Hopefully I can find a way to make them work!

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  3. Ken is a master at furniture repair. Congrats Ken on a job well done indeed! I had a similar dresser and think this style is very handsome. Mine had cigarette burns on the top so my husband painted the entire piece hardware included because I am fond of that look. I may have mentioned before Habersham Furniture – a pricey line sold by the upscale furniture store I was a designer for- uses that technique a lot. I think it changes the hardware as much as painting the furniture changes the piece. However since this is not the original hardware I would probably try to locate something more like the original. I no longer have me piece but I might be able to get a photo of the hardware from my daughter
    who took said piece when she left home. I also would try to find the escutcheons.
    Look forward to seeing this beauty reincarnated.

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    1. Great idea to paint the hardware. I’ve done that a couple of times, and I do like the end result. I think it would work with these really well, because the biggest problem with them is how shiny new they look.

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