Do you remember this $5.00 Peddler’s Mall find?
I put it out at the yard sale last week. No bites on the first day, so on the second day I started working on it.
Well, actually disassembling it! It was sort of like a puzzle. After I figured out how it was put together, it was pretty simple. Let me re-phrase that, it was easy cause Cathy was there to help. Sometimes it really helps to have an extra pair of hands around.
This is an inside view of the top right drawer portion. There were only a few nails holding the desktop to the side pieces. I was able to get them out with a small pry bar.
There was a cross brace on the back. After removing the nails, it was simply a matter of sliding the two pieces away from each other. Again, this would have been nearly impossible to do alone. See the lauan? The cross brace, had a groove in it that slid onto the lower square piece of lauan. It also had a “tongue” that slid into the far right side. I worked on this during the yard sale, in between customers. 🙂 Once I get my mind set on something, it’s hard for me to step away from it!
As you can see in the “before” picture at the top of this post, the veneer was in pretty bad shape. I removed the 4 pieces of veneer on each side of the end pieces. Look how easily this veneer came off! All in one piece. There was very little glue holding this veneer in place. I was planning on using the brown paper bag technique on this, but there has been a change of plans. Hopefully I will have more pictures to show you tomorrow.
It was really pretty here on Tuesday, I was able to work on a couple of things. However, I didn’t get anything finished. I love Spring, it’s my favorite time of the year. Oh, I chatted with one of my Michigan cousins tonight. She may come to visit next week, to deliver a dresser (that belonged to my mom). While she’s here, she wants me to show her how to make a bench out of a headboard she has had for a while. Doesn’t that sound fun?
I hope you’re having a great week!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.