frenchie with a bum leg – small french provincial dresser

I love that even when I see a piece of furniture that look great overall, but needs a few repairs, I can lean on Jerry. We picked up Frenchie at the end of last summer. She had one front leg that had been split almost in half. She hung out on the back patio workshop waiting for us to figure out how to figure fix her up.

Jerry first tried putty and added a Bondo hardener. He didn’t think it would work, gave it  try, and sure enough the repaired piece of broken leg snapped right off. 

Jerry knows just about all the employees at our Home Depot by first name, not a shocker. The guys at Home Depot suggest he use the full Bondo treatment. Yes, that same Bondo stuff we used to fix car dents, well at least when I had a car made of metal that’s what we used. He applied the Bondo in a lump that best matched the shape the leg. You have to work somewhat fast, after you add the Bondo cream hardener, you have about five minutes. Oh, and a recommendation, don’t mix the Bondo in the bedroom, right before you go to sleep. No sleep meds were required, the fumes from the Bondo knocked me out!

Here is her broken leg before…..

Frenchie's bbroken leg was fixed up with bondo, then sanded to shape with a palm sander

Frenchie’s bbroken leg was fixed up with bondo, then sanded to shape with a palm sander

 

We let the Bondo dry over night, and the next day Jerry used the palm sander to shape the leg to match the others. If there is a lot of detail needed for the piece you’re repairing, a Dremel might be super helpful for reshaping and adding the detail back in.

 

Bondo All Purpose is about $9, and will last a very very long time.

After Pictures of Frenchie…

Frenchie_French Provincial Small Dresser Front Detail

Frenchie_French Provincial Small Dresser Front Detail

Frenchie_French Provincial Small Dresser Black with Gold Accents

Frenchie_French Provincial Small Dresser Black with Gold Accents

Frenchie_Side View with Drawers Closed. Black and gold accents.

Frenchie_Side View with Drawers Closed. Black and gold accents.

French Provincial - full frontal

French Provincial – full frontal

Can you tell which leg was broken? The right….I think. Frenchie now available

xxoo Kris

 

10 thoughts on “frenchie with a bum leg – small french provincial dresser

    • Atomic Hostess says:

      Yeah, it does look navy, completely agree. That bondo stuff is amaz-balls, and Jerry did a great job shaping it to match the other leg. Ha…I don’t think it would look so good if I did the repair. Happppppy weekend!

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