Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thrifty Thursday


As promised, here is the other chest that I received from freecycle. It’s in worse shape than the Art Deco one…only 3 of the casters, one of the drawers is intact and I have to fix the rest. Good part is that the fronts and sides SEEM to be okay, so just the bottoms and back to fix…it’s been a while since I looked at all of them. Some of the hardware is missing. I have to borrow clamps from Cabinet Man so I can glue them back together. It is better wood than the Art Deco…it’s quarter-sawn oak so it needs a proper finish instead of paint. Darn. The finish that I have stripped off already was a real mess…it also has a mirror frame with it. That part is still in excellent shape. I shudder to think what a proper mirror to go into it would cost. To be appropriate, I think it would need to be an oval shape, beveled. So until I have the money, I will probably just hang it on a wall and put framed mirrors inside it…maybe. Maybe it will just hang out in the garage until I decide what to do ;D

I sent pics to my sister and she’s guessing 30s or 40s…I’m leaning more towards the 40s…the wheels are wooden, as opposed to the steel ones on our old iron bed and the Art Deco dresser. Why? WWII…steel was rationed, collected and used in the war effort. It wouldn’t go for something as silly as wheels for a dresser when wood worked. I’d love to find a 4th one for it, but I honestly don’t know where to begin looking. I might have to convince older sister to check her sources. Here’s a closeup of the front legs. Back legs are very simple.

I realized last night that it might be a good idea to post pics of the drawers (mess that they are) and a closeup of the hardward on the top ones. The lower drawers just have wooden pulls.


  1. That is so cool - what a fun project!

  2. What a cool dresser. I think you will have your work cut out for you to get it the way you ultimately want it, but I kind of get the feeling you are going to enjoy the process.

  3. Wow. Very neat find. The front legs are just so pretty. Love the curves. Very interesting about the wheels. Never thought of that.

  4. I think the hardest part will be assembling the drawers. Once I get the finish off completely, I think putting a new one on it will be relatively easy...the Art Deco one will probably be a nightmare and might take into the fall, I think it will all depend on getting the veneer off. I'll keep pics posted on my progress with it.

  5. This had nothing to do with this post, but I couldn't find an email address. I just read a comment you posted on the Large Family Mothering blog and was wondering about the chiro. adjustment. I've been going and was planning on continuing, but now I'm wondering if it's safe?

  6. love to see old pieces redone they are so pretty


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