Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Craftsman at Work

My friend, Diane at A Picture is Worth A Thousand... hosts 2nd Time Around. She's a creative and crafty lady. She finds what some may think is not worth much, and paints it or tweaks it a bit and creates a thing of beauty, function, and/or value for her home. If you'd like to join in the fun, click on the link.

I posted about how the movers damaged my china cabinet and promised to show you how the repair turned out. The first two pictures show the terrible gouge that the movers made.

A close-up allows you to get the full impact.

We called this repairman. After visiting once to access the situation, take pictures and measurements, he returned with this wooden plug that he had fashioned. 


He tried the fit, and then went to his truck to sand it down a bit more.


Here he is shown marking lines on the piece.

Next, he used a product called Wood Quick which begins as a putty-type substance and after working it until it begins to harden, he blends it in with the wood piece and attaches it to the china cabinet. Once again, he sands it.


He trims the piece.



 Next, he stained with four different stains and then a coat of varnish. Here's the finished job.


And, a closer look. 

We found him by calling a furniture company that deals with Drexel, the manufacturer of the china cabinet.  We are quite pleased to have this repair so nicely done.

34 comments:

Patti VZ said...

Wow! He did a nice job!

jlshall said...

Beautiful work! Nobody would guess it's been repaired.

Cindy said...

I can't even tell. He did a wonderful job. It must be nice to finally have it fixed.
Cindy

Gee said...

Dear Sally.

I think you can smile now that your china cabinet has been repaired. He has done a good job there.

squawmama said...

Good Morning Sally, How great for you that you found a repair person and that he did such a great job for you... It looks very good. Have a great day my friend,

(((HUGS)))
Donna

imjacobsmom said...

A job well done! ~ Robyn

April said...

Wow, Sally...you wouldn't even know that it had been damaged! He did a super job!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Wow...what a great job he did. Thank goodness for people that know how to repair things like this!

Thanks for linking to 2nd Time Around!
:) Diane

Judi said...

Hi Sally
Yikes what a gouge they did! That guy sure knew how to fix it up well. It looks so good. Thank goodness!
Hope you are having a lovely day
Judi

tammy said...

He did a great job.

I could have used him when my lab ate through my antique table leg.

Becky K. said...

I had to scroll back to make sure I was looking at the right piece. He is GOOD!

Ahhh...that must feel better.

Becky K.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Sally, It looks TERRIFIC. One cannot tell that anything ever happened to the china cabinet. WOW--that's great work!!!! Hope the moving company paid for that 'fix'....

Hugs,
Betsy

Maria Berg said...

Perfect, good to have them around, MB

Good as new!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Wow! He did a great job and it was well worth the investment. It's a beautiful cabinet.

salmagundi said...

He did a great job. Glad you found someone reliable. Sally

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sally, that is just amazing! He did an outstanding job. I'm so happy for you. I hope the movers paid for this, but if they didn't, you got the perfect repair man. That's a great thing to know!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Barbara H. said...

Wow, that definitely looks "good as new!!!" I am assuming the movers paid for the repair.

Coloradolady said...

What a great job! Looks good as new.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

WOW! awesome job Sally...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

denisemarie in Houston, TX said...

He did an awesome job. And now, it isn't a painful reminder to you of a little bumper bender.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Wow, he did a great job. So glad you found someone who could do this kind of repair for your lovely china cabinet.

Christi

xinex said...

Wow! Amazing job and you captured it all. Can you do it yourself next time? LOL!...Christine

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Sally
He did a wonderful repair job.. it isn't noticable at all! That type of craftmandship isn't easy to find these days.

Thanks for helping to identify that antique car in my post ..I'm going to look it up now :-)
Hugs, Pat

Clif said...

Wonderful! I have a sincere appreciation for this kind of workmanship. (Is workmanship a word? LOL)

Charli and me said...

Oh this is to cute! What did the repair man think when you were taking your pictures? We went out to dinner with one of my son's last week. The first thing he said was I'm leaving if you get that camera out LOL All kidding aside, It was interesting to see how he made the repairs. Your cabinet is beautiful! I also love that blue bowl! It's absolutely beautiful ♥

The Stylish House said...

Sally,
Since I move often I feel your pain, but what a great seamless repair!
Cathy

LV said...

Sally, you were lucky to find someone that did such an outstanding job. I am sure you feel much better about it all now.

Mevely317 said...

If I'd not seen it, wonder if I'd have believed it?! What an artist, eh?

Mildred said...

Hi Sally, I am visiting thru Betsy @ Joyful Reflections. I wanted to commend the repairman on such a great job with your china cabinet. It amazes me that they can repair such damage. I know you are thrilled to have it back in good condition. It's lovely.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

He really did a great job. Glad it worked out for you.
Molly

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

WOW! He is an artist! laurie

Lorrie said...

He did a super job Sally, takes the sting out of having your furniture damaged to see it repaired so nicely.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Very nice job on the repair! That was pretty fast too. I hope the repair lived up to your expectations. ☺ diane

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Wow, he sure did an expert job! No one would even know that it had been damaged!

Kady