Asked on Jan 24, 2020

How can I fix an old chest of drawers?

KmdreamerChristina Faye RepurposedFiddledd224


9 answers
  • Vimarhonor
    on Jan 24, 2020

    Hello —what is the exact problem that needs fixing?

    Function or appearance?

    Sometimes paint is an exciting refurbish.

    Chalk painting is popular.

    Poly shades stain is another

    Here’s a polyshades link to look over the polyshades content and see if it’s a product that will meet your needs. It can be applied over existing existing poly finishes without any stripping or sanding. I find reviews and Q&A’s can often direct me towards the correct purchase. Hope this helps.

  • Cheryl A
    on Jan 24, 2020


    I am not sure what needs fixing on your chest of drawers. Is it the finish, the drawers that stick or what? here is info that may help

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Jan 24, 2020

    You can put new bottoms in the drawers using luan. If they are sticking, beeswax or soap rubbed on the sliding mechanism will help.

    I don't know of anything else that would be a fix unless you are talking about re-finishing. In that case, you can paint by roughing with steel wool then clean with denatured alcohol, prime, and paint.

    For an update, try new hardware.

  • Mogie
    on Jan 24, 2020

    What is the problem with the chest of drawers? We could give you a better answer if we knew what the problem was. Thanks!

  • Tinyshoes
    on Jan 25, 2020

    Marina....What is wrong with it? Can you send a picture? Thanks

  • Dee
    on Jan 25, 2020

    Do you need repair or are you looking to stain or paint the chest of drawers?

  • Fiddledd224
    on Jan 25, 2020

    Marina, you really need to tell us what you're starting with so we can try to help you. Let us know what the chest looks like now, your idea of a finished project, and your budget. Photos would be so helpful.

  • Christina Faye Repurposed
    on Jan 29, 2020

    Hi Marina,

    Can you post a picture or maybe describe your issue? I can then answer the question appropriately.

  • Kmdreamer
    on Jan 31, 2020

    You don’t say what’s wrong with it if it’s loose going back and forth you need to secure the back with another piece of weed and nail it around all the edges that will help stableize it.

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