Yes, that is a latch that Sam made by drilling a hole in the front of the cupboard.
Now that we have officially been married 8 years, I feel secure enough in my marriage that I can post this little marital dispute. Let me start by saying that I have been in a pregnancy induced nesting fury. There has been a lot of deep cleaning and Sam has been indulging me with his help in these cleans. Actually, truth be told, I start it, poop out and he finishes. Anyway, this weekend, during my pooped out period post basement purge, I retired to the couch to watch Becoming Jane. It was during this period of time that "the incident" occurred. After watching the movie, I got up to work on dinner. At this point, the details become a bit fuzzy. All I can remember is I needed to put something into the pine armoire in the living room. I walked in and, to my horror, this is what I saw:
Can't see it very well - let me take you a little closer:
Let me take you just a bit closer so you can fully appreciate the detail:
This lovely little thing was a project he and Laney worked on together - I guess the 4 year old and 6 year old had better sense, so he enlisted the help of the 2 year old. I think in a way I am partly to blame for this because I should have suspected something was wrong when I overheard him say to Laney, "we have to find the drill bit". I guess it never crossed my mind that he would be drilling into furniture. The exchange after this was rather strange because he was so proud of his "solution" and I was simply stunned - similar to the reaction I had after the powdered sugar incident and finding this little sketch in the kitchen.
This, however, was done a 4 year old, still not cool, but at least he is not 32. Anyway, Sam thought the latch was a "good idea" and unlike the 4 year old he had much better answers for his actions. Here is a bit of our exchange:
When I asked him why he did it he said it was to help me.
When I questioned him as to why he would drill into a piece of furniture without even mentioning his intentions he said he wanted to surprise me.
When I told him it was hideous he said he was surprised I would say that because he used matching wood and thought it would go with the rustic style of the cabinet.
When I reminded him that the majority of the puzzles and games were kept in the drawers below and all he had really done was lock them out of their hardback books he said he did it for safety.
When I pointed out the obvious, you know the hole that he had made in the front of the armoire, he said I wouldn't even notice with a little bit of wood putty.
He was pretty quick firing back all of those answers, but I had one complaint left:
When I told him that one had to hold the latch up with one hand and pinch a finger on the other to get the door closed (it only swivels one way due to the molding on the door) he did not have an answer - a major design flaw.
I see a cute little French armoire in my future, after all, this one now has a design flaw.