Sunday, 3 April 2016

Thrifty Furniture Repair

It wasn't such a thrifty week, what with buying a new rug and lamp for Master Shoestring, all that money on paint and materials as well but we did not need to buy any furniture as Mr Shoestring repaired some we already had.

We have had a couple of 5 drawer chest of drawers since we got married and the children have all had one in their rooms as clothes storage for the past 30 years or so. We bought solid wood as we knew that it would last but pine furniture is not as fashionable as it once was and we have painted the one in our room with cream paint in order to update it. However, we never bothered with the children's ones as we figured they would get damaged anyway and so it proved !

When we came to swap over the rooms which Master and Miss Shoestring had we discovered that both chest of drawers were broken, each had several drawers that would not slide because the runners had snapped. Miss Shoestring's had been repaired with sticky tack, obviously she hadn't wanted to let us know when it broke (perhaps she was climbing up the drawers, which they all did in earlier times) ! Now if the chests had been modern ones they would probably have had metal or plastic runners and that would have been that but these were wood so Mr Shoestring was able to make some identical ones out of scrap wood and knock them in with panel pins.

The repairs were a complete success and now both chests of drawer are working like new, here's to the next 30 years !

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