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Saturday, June 8th, 2013
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Salvage Saturday at Petticoat Junktion

Horse Chows Down On Chest Of Drawers

Yep, that’s what I said!

You’ll believe it when you see the photos.


When I purchased this chest of drawers it was in one piece.

While loading it in the truck the top section separated from the bottom.

That could have been really bad.

I always worry when moving and loading furniture.

My husband and I and a lot of people we deal with aren’t spring chickens.

I would be really upset if someone was injured while moving furniture for me.

Thank goodness this time the only one injured was the chest of drawers.

Now in two pieces.


Pretty bad.

Apparently part of it’s history includes being stored in a barn…..occupied by a horse…..who thought the chest was his personal chew toy.


The pictures do not show the devastation caused by the horse.

The molding around the top is a mess.

It’s eaten up and has lots of sharp edges and hunks of missing wood.


Oh, but It was calling my name. The details are awesome.


I have no idea the age of this piece but it’s solid wood everywhere, and it is heavy.


The purchase price was $95. Much more than I usually spend for a chest of drawers.

I was sucked in by all those details.

I see potential.

Any ideas how to fix up the top without replacing the whole piece.

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7 Responses

  1. Lauraj says:

    No idea, but I can see why you were sucked in! Lovely purchase :)
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  2. Susan says:

    Hmmm. Can you use the two pieces separately? Like make the top piece into a bench with drawers and put a new top on the bottom piece to make a low chest? Maybe a marble or granite remnant, could be a vanity? Not sure how tall it is, cant wait to see what you do to it!
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  3. I would have found it hard to pass up…iy’s beautiful! Cannot wait to see the finished results!

  4. […] You can see the before at Salvage Saturday. […]

  5. Blondie says:

    You are very brave. But your after post is amazing.
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  6. […] first peek at this chest was on Salvage Saturday where I shared pictures of it in two […]

  7. Debbie says:

    I agree with Susan. Leave it as two pieces. The top would make a get storage bench with and upholstered top added. The bottom; depending on how tall it is would make a beautiful dining room buffet!

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