All portions of the washstand are now primed and ready for painting. The drawer and door each had their own issues, but in general, the 3 smaller sections were stripped and sanded using the same techniques as the main frame.
I don’t know what happened to this washstand. It looks like it was in a bar brawl!! So much split wood, splintered areas, broken joints. Followed by incredible feats of repair work. Someone was surely determined to put this thing back together, and solidly so!
But then it gets more interesting.
The door had been ripped away, leaving interior damage.
The door no longer has a latch. And the framework is a disaster! Here’s the front, repaired.
And here’s the back, with its solid but ugly reconstruction.
Look at the damage to the joints! The last one doesn’t even slide into anything. Hence the L-bracket above.
Nevertheless, everything is solidly attached again, with the liberal use of nails and large screws.
The drawer fared somewhat better although likely it was also blasted apart, as evidenced by the nails and screws now holding everything in place.
An interesting aspect is the top edge of the drawer front – part bumpy and part smooth.
The entire front edge therefore looked like this, though it’s hardly noticeable when inserted into the frame. I wonder what the dark staining is?
What did I add?
Well I took off the wheels (one was broken anyway). The legs are left with the brackets but these will be hidden by felt pads.
And I stabilized that initial work in lifting the dropped floor area. It involved adding another shim on the underside of the main frame, then anchoring it to the side with a couple of screws. Not pretty but it works, and it’s completely hidden.
I repaired both front corners of the inside space. Here’s the left side.
And here’s the right side.
A few obvious areas need wood filler just to smooth things out a bit, but there was no way that door was going to look pristine. It has character now!
Everything will sit for a few days for the primer to cure, then it’s on to the paint. The plan is an all-white frame with black on the door frame and drawer front, and a splash of colour on the interior spaces!