August Picture Catch-Up, and Michael’s Dresser

It’s been a busy month, so as usual we fell behind in uploading pictures. Consider this my attempt to catch you all up.

First of all, I wanted to tell you about a little project Meg undertook. I had an old dresser from college that was probably just going to get thrown away, so Meg in her nesting mode wanted to reclaim it for “the kids”. After sanding it down, and layering it in primer, Meg sat down with a piece of paper to try to come up with what she wanted on it. About a half hour passed until I realized that I hadn’t heard from her in a while (I know good husband, huh), and I looked over at what she was doing. She apparently had big plans for this dresser, as she had drawn a bustling mountain side complete with a train and a car filled road.

Never thinking she would finish it, but knowing she would enjoy it, encouraged her endeavor. This is what it looked like after the first attempt:

I was sincerely impressed, until we moved the drawers to lacquer them, and we noticed this…

See anything wrong with this picture? It may take you a minute to realize that the drawers are upside down, and the mural is right side up. Meg was ready to burn the dresser right then and there, but I convinced her to try it again.

Meg was certain she wouldn’t be able to duplicate her unique artwork again, so she instead tried to remove the front of the drawers with a blowdrier and a screwdriver, thinking she could just glue them back on right side up. Needless to say, that didn’t work, and Meg was just more upset.

After I went and got Dairy Queen, we sat down and watched an episode of West Wing, and she finished her project. Correctly.

The dresser is now in Michael’s room, and I seriously doubt he knows how much work his mom put into it, but they do look great.

In the midst of all that, we managed to take some pictures of Michael, and boy is he growing:

6 thoughts on “August Picture Catch-Up, and Michael’s Dresser

  1. Grandma Clute

    I love the dresser – your turning into a Martha Stewart – who would have thought?!?

    Good job – you are very talented. Love. mom

  2. Jess


    This dresser is so awesome. Your talents are really inspirational–no kidding. Michael and Baby Shannon #2 have the best mom!


  3. Megan

    Just to set the record straight on a few things:
    I read on the internet the only way to “unglue” something was with heat and moisture, so I thought a blow dryer and a squirt bottle would loosen the glue enough so we could just pull off the front panel and flip it around… I did not just start blow drying things out of the blue. There was good reason behind it.

  4. Beth

    That dresser is SWEET!! The nursery is looking pretty cool from the background of all the pictures. and of course the pictures of michael are cute as always!!

  5. Tim Post author

    Just to set the record straighter, I told her it would be a lot easier to just repaint the drawers instead of trying to take them apart and put them back together, but Meg was convinced that she would never be able to duplicate her amazing artwork again.

  6. Meg

    What Tim is trying to say is that he didn’t want me to have a quick fix for the drawers (like ungluing them) because he wanted more video game time, he knew it would take much longer to repaint than it would to unglue and reglue!

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