Just about all the antique furniture I buy needs to be repaired. It may be the drawers fronts, drawer bodies, runners, body casing, or something else.
…a gorgeous piece that belongs to a client. The JTS is really good at putting things back together and making repairs to the shabby pieces I bring into the workshop. I knew he could fix this one up too.
In the photo above you can see how the joints have separated on the bottom of the dresser.
It doesn’t look like much of a gap but that little bit can sure make a difference in how the drawers fit. The integrity of the piece depends on the casing being stable.
The JTS pulled it all together with these straps…
…then added wood glue around the joints.
The detail on the middle drawer was pulling away from the drawer front so he added a few nails…
… I didn’t get a pic but he also glued wood blocks to the slats behind the drawers for drawer stops. When the piece came into the shop the drawers pushed about an inch too far into the dresser casing. That’s it for the repairs.
The dresser after painting…
You might want to paint furniture and make the paint look antique. That is my favorite special paint technique. See how I do it in the video below...
How To Antique Paint
The paint color is Behr paint color Porpoise mixed in Behr Marquee paint! What do you think? My client was happy with the results. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com