Mr. Cottage Fix These Drawers
Well, it has been a while and I have been forced uh, er… encouraged to do a post on my recent household honey-do list cross off. I am not much of a writer and so this all does not come easily. Or I guess naturally for me. But here I am and here we are so lets talk about how to fix your drawers.
Where It Starts To Go Bad
Well, it all started with the silverware drawer and too much silverware. You know the story, it is all good and fine until one day and the bottom drops out and silverware is all in your Tupperware and it is just one hot mess down there. Follow me you guys? Come on, we can be real here, right?
From Bad To Worse For The Drawers
|My very broken drawer.
Well next we find a handyman (not me) that was some friends boyfriend (you get this right) and he took the drawer. OK, 2 drawers – we had to put the silverware someplace… it couldn’t stay in the Tupperware drawer now. So and so takes it and gives it to said boyfriend who knows how to fix your drawers and who is not heard of again. The guy leaves the aforementioned drawers out in the rain and snow (insert unhappy wife face here). The girl and guy break up and the drawers are in trouble.
When Your Wife Isn’t Happy
At this Point my wife is REALLY not happy. Finally, this lady gets them back from the now ex-boyfriend and returns them to my unhappy wife and I deal with it by sticking it in the dark recesses of the garage (ahem).
Well… forward a year… ok-ok forward about 10 years? I don’t know, who is counting? The thing is in the garage! Who thinks about that stuff?
Three Drawers Down One Drawer Left
Anyway, the third drawer breaks and the fourth (sharp knife drawer) is going. Wife looks at me and says, “Honey, this is the last drawer, when are you going to figure out how to fix your drawers?” Well, It wasn’t so bad. The one over the Tupperware was a great one for the return drop for all things plastic. It was like returning the movies at Blockbuster… well before Blockbuster died and became a thing of the past. But still there was a slight thrill as you heard it clang down on the rest of the plastic (shhh don’t tell wife this. She always wonders why that thing is a mess… he, he). I was about to share this with her and then I looked at her face. Anyway, I guess the thought of another drop box for the pans and one for the bowls was not so exciting to her.
Please Fix The Drawer
OK, so here I was, warned by the wife that final drawer is taking a powder. I was asked to make a soap mold for the girls. Here I am making this pretty mold. Here she notices that it looks amazingly like a strong and beautiful drawer (I am going down fella’s). I look at it helplessly. As as much as I hate to admit it, it looks like a drawer. So back to trusty home improvement store to buy more strong beautiful wood (1/2″X 4″ poplar for the sides and 1/4″ thick poplar sheet for the bottom). I am officially working on the drawer project (long overdue, but don’t tell her I said that).
Deconstruction Before The Construction
So, I started taking the drawer pieces apart and measured them. Taking those measurements I cut the wood that I bought at Lowe’s to those sizes.
I glued the pieces with wood glue and clamped them together and let set for 30 minutes and then started the assembly. I pre-drilled the holes for my nails so we would have a neat finished product and the wood would not crack. Here I am working on this below.
|Nailing the drawer together after pre-drilling holes.
The next step is hooking the bottom of the drawer to the box. I cut the wood to specifications using my jigsaw then began nailing around the edges.
|Nailing the bottom of the drawer on.
I had removed the drawer face from the old junky drawer and fastened it to the front of the drawer box that I just finished using screws. Look how pretty it is!
|Clamping the drawer front to the box as I screw it into place
From here I took the rails off of the old drawer and placed them on the new ones with the overhang in the back.
The Value of A Happy Wife
Here it is as I am putting it in. Pretty great if I do say so myself and do you know the value of a really happy wife? It is priceless.
I must say I felt pretty bad about not doing it sooner and letting myself talk myself out of it. Sad that I was thinking I couldn’t do it. Fear of failure is pretty lame. I did it and it felt really good.
It is a great way to make your kitchen look better. It can be done on a budget and not spend 50 thousand dollars on a new kitchen.
The wood can be cut by the nice guys and gals at your home improvement store and this honestly can be done at home by people that are not very handy normally and the look is amazing and it is so much stronger.
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
Thank you for joining me and learning how to fix your drawers. I think we had some fun and I hope you learned a little bit about a basic way to fix your home.
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