We inherited this cedar chest. The top was in really bad shape and in need of renewal.
You may notice it is missing a right front leg. When my Mover (my 15 yo son) relocated it to the studio (sunroom), it lost a leg. The stress of moving can just be too much, y’all.
Not going to lie, when it happened I sucked in all the air in the room.
Then I laughed at Drew because it scared him a little.
Next, I set about fixing it.
It was touch-and-go for a while. For my son, not for the chest. I knew how to fix that. Hey, y’all know what? I could totally call myself a ‘surgeon’. Since I’m not a magician. I could wear scrubs!
Using my skilled hands, surgery commenced. Nurse, hand me some wood glue! I wish. There was no nurse. I don’t even have an assistant. But let’s be real: I couldn’t pay anyone.
Anyway, after gluing the leg and securing it with wood screws, I had to clamp it. “It’s always a good idea to use clamps when gluing.” -Bob Vila (or maybe that was Norm Abrams?). After operating on the severed limb, I then tightened or replaced the screws on the other legs, too. The glue had to set for 24 hours. I took lots of photos of the top to share with you since I couldn’t get right to painting.
Here she is all painted up:
Look at that inset piece on the front. Somehow with all the damage done to every other surface, that piece was still in fantastic shape, so I didn’t paint it.
Now, some details about the rest of the renewal:
I paid $1.25 for the quart of this mis-tint color. (High-fives self). I added plaster-of-paris to the paint to ‘chalk’ it.
I distressed this chest pretty heavily. I really wanted it to be shabby.
I used clear & dark wax on it to richen the color. Beautiful!
Thus ends another story of renewal.
Can we talk about these pumpkins?
Bumpy. I love them. They remind me of a book, The Bumpy Little Pumpkin, my daughter loved when she was 6 years old. We read that book over and over! We don’t usually carve our pumpkins. I keep them till after Thanksgiving. When we put up a Christmas wreath, I get rid of the punkins (which is the proper way to pronounce that specific gourd.)