She was relieved to know that some of her beloved possessions were going to someone who was related to her. And I was grateful to have some piece of her life in my future home. It really was a win/win! She has been in her new home for two years (does it take anyone else that long to get working on a project?) and she is enjoying her life there!
Back to the items, one of that I accrued was an old damaged hanging shelf unit. When I saw it, I thought: "Unique" "Family Heirloom" and "this needs to have second life"
Each shelf was made of very thin (1/4"?) wood with both sides of the wood covered in veneer. The top shelf's veneer was completely coming off.
At first I wanted to just take it off and leave the wood plain, but with how old the piece is, as I tried to remove the veneer, the wood started to come with it.
Then I thought I'd just cut off that top shelf and keep the whole unit with just the two center shelves, but I thought that would look asymmetrical, and I kinda like symmetry.
So, I took some wood putty and filled in the spaces that had peeled off.
The drawers were also busted. And I don't mean that they came disconnected! The wood connecting the drawer front to the drawer sleeve was severed.
To fix that, I just used E-6000 glue. Worked like a charm! I'm sure super glue or wood glue would have worked just as well, if not better, but I'm packing at the moment and all I could find was the E-6000.
After fixing all of the above it was just a matter of some primer (spray paint) and a can of my current favorite colored spray paint.
Except for fixing the veneer, this project was finished in about an hour.