sometimes, things have to go wrong, in order to go right

October 7, 2020

Remember how, not so long ago I stated that I was moving my bedroom into my library? Well, I’m still working on it…there’s only so many hours in a day to get so much done. Since I think I pretty much got my shop up and running, I decided to work on the library some more. Things were going pretty well…

I got the file cabinet and printer moved…

I’m pretty sure that’s where the file cabinet/printer are going to stay…at least until I decide to move them again.

I know, it’s a mess, and I can’t believe I’m showing you all this. Moving the file cabinet was the easiest thing I’ve done today, besides posting my picture of the day today!

Anywho, when I moved the filing cabinet, I noticed there was mold in the corner.
But, before moving the filing cabinet, I also had to move the computer table, and I thought that was going to be easy as well. Unhook the computer screen and move the table, right? Easy enough!! Except that all the cords for everything were wrapped around the leg of the table!!
Despite that, it only took me a few minutes to get it all untangled.

… back to the mold…
Great!! I can fix that!!

Yes, there’s cobwebs too…but that’s minor, compared to everything else at the moment. I vacuumed, and then emptied out the book case, so I could move that. Tomorrow I’ll be washing the wall and baseboards and after it dries, painting it with KILZ. It will probably have to stay that way (painted white with KILZ), until I can get out to get the paint to cover it. When I was painting it originally, I had a terrible time getting someone to match the paint when I had to get more. Which is why it is painted in two shades of brown…but it’s ok, because it works.

Photo left: the two shades of brown. The paint I need to get is the lighter shade. Thank goodness! The darker paint is the one I have trouble with, not sure why… I originally wanted it all the darker shade, but I like it better this way.
Photo Right: KILZ2 – Latex primer/sealer/stainblocker

I have no idea why we have mold now…we didn’t used to. Before my dad passed away, no mold…now, there’s mold. We had to do this (washing and painting with KILZ) in the guest room and the room I call the Green Room about two years ago. Since then, no problems in those areas.

my broken bookcase

After a little break from moving the file cabinet emptying out the bookcase, I started to move it. Things were going fine until I felt, more than heard, one of the legs give way!

Oh crap!
I’m doing this by myself,
please remember!

I had to hold the bookcase up while I got down on the floor to try and figure out which leg gave way! It wasn’t going to stand up on its own.
It was the back, left corner… you can kinda see that the leg is missing in the photo above, now that I told you it’s not there. I had to hold that corner up, while maneuvering it so I could lay it down on its back. Oh, did I mention that I didn’t completely empty the bookcase out before moving it? I didn’t! My mistake!

After I got it on its back I emptied the book case out completely! Then took another short break! I was drenched in sweat at this point! When I came back to the bookcase, I worked on getting the leg off. You see, this book case was made by my Great Grandfather on my dad’s side (Cecil Shaffer)…completely by hand. It is said, that it was made from an old organ. Hopefully, I can put it back together, stronger than it was before. The leg cracked, as you can see in the above photo. I put Gorilla wood glue on it, and have it clamped together. I have to check, but the glue may not be ready/set for about 24 hours.

When it’s ready, I will probably have to either put some wood glue in the screw holes that hold the leg to the bookcase, or readjust/flip the block so the screws go in new holes.

I could just prop it up with some books for the time being, but why not fix it and get it done now?

detail of the side of the bookcase

So, there it sits until I get the leg fixed! My lesson learned today is…

empty out the bookcase completely!

before moving it. I had about half of it empty, but apparently that wasn’t enough! I’ve moved it before…don’t really know why I didn’t empty it like I should have. Usually I do…

As I do more work, I’ll be sure to update you on any progress and/or set backs. I was going to share with you a little about my shop, but I think I’ve rambled on enough.

On a positive note, I’m glad I paid attention when my dad was working around the house!

hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

31 Uplifting Funny Quotes To Live By

“The man who smiles when things go wrong
has thought of someone to blame it on.”
~ Robert Bloch

take care
stay safe
much love

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