A few weeks ago we found this very sad little broken something at a thrift store. I’m not really sure what it was but it was in need of some serious TLC. The bottom was missing, there were watermarks everywhere and the wood was screaming for some attention.
When I first saw the “something” I kinda just stroked her lightly and then moved on because I had no idea what I could do with her. But this forlorn little beauty haunted me for a week, until I finally went back to the thrift shop and brought her home with me. The first thing we did was try and get rid of the watermarks by lightly sanding the entire surface. We started off using a low-grit sandpaper and gradually moved up to a slightly higher grit. Fortunately the stains weren’t as deep as I originally thought.
While I was sanding, Hubby removed the hardware from the drawer and took the strip of wood off at the back of the “something”.
We created a new back and bottom for the “something” using some pegboard, which was all that we had. We just measured the back and bottom and used a craft knife to score the pegboard.
The back and bottom were stuck on with wood glue and then we applied a gorgeous wood stain to the little “something”.
Now we were stuck. She looked pretty impressive with her new coat of stain and she finally had a back and a bottom, but she didn’t have a leg to stand on and no-one was going to take her seriously . She was just too short. Between the Hubby and I we can handle most power tools. Unfortunately we’ve never quite figured out how a lathe works, so we couldn’t give her the legs she deserved. I searched high a low in all the thrift stores in our area and body-less legs were nowhere to be found. Nothing, nada, niks 🙁
The only thing we did have was a ton of books. Well not quite a ton more like a huge box full of Reader’s Digest that had been read and moved to the garage to make space for other books and our kindles. They could work.
I hate damaging any kind of book. It really freaks me out. It feels like I’m destroying someone’s life work. Are you like that too? Initially we tried using double sided tape to stick the books together but it didn’t work. The whole structure was too unstable. So we had to resort to drilling through the books. I checked you can still read them, there are just a few words missing on each page. We stacked all the books on a piece of wood that was as wide as the “something” and then pushed a thread bar through the holes we’d drilled.
To secure the “broken something” to her new bookish legs we measured the center point at the bottom of the “something” and drilled a hole big enough for the thread bar. The thread bar was secured on the inside of the “something” with a nut.
We found a picture of a old book spine and resized it to fit on the drawer. The picture was Modged on and then we reattached the hardware using a knife. Sorry sometime I’m just to lazy to go get the proper tool for the job 🙂 That’s probably why our knives look like they do.
Now that broken something can stand proud on her new leg .
I’d love to hear what you think about our bookish transformation. Have you re-purposed books to make something and do you also feel bad when you hurt them?
Sending blessings and love as always