How do I get cigarette smell out of a wooden hutch?

by Cindy
I bought a China cabinet hutch from a second hand store. The people that sold it must have been heavy smokers. I’ve washed it down twice with Lysol and febreeze and it still has an odor. I’m planning on repainting it with chalk paint. Will just painting get rid of the odor?

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  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Nov 03, 2017

    Don't cover the smell, try to wash it down with Murphy's oil soap. Next, wait a few days, then wipe off the Murphy's oil soap, the best you can, dry completely. Paint when your ready. Good Luck!

  • Cedar liners for the shelves and drawers might work. Otherwise, try a canister of basement deodorizer that you can find at Lowe's or Home Depot.

  • Kauai Breeze Kauai Breeze on Nov 03, 2017

    Make a spray solution of half vinegar, half water. Spray and wipe it down with that. Make sure you get inside, under the bottom and back, wiping down every surface. If that doesn't get rid of the smell, I would paint on a shellac based primer such as Kilz (an oil based primer). You can get it tinted to the color you are going to paint the cabinet. It dries quickly and forms a very hard surface that prevents any "bleeding" from underneath and forms a good base for paint to adhere too. Sand the surface lightly with very fine sandpaper or steel wool before painting on your final coat.

  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Nov 03, 2017

    use a heavy duty primer first (like kilz)

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 03, 2017

    fabreeze will mask the odor not remove it,wash the entire unit with white vinegar,allow to dry,place open boxes of baking soda,cedar chips,coffee grounds or deactivated charchol inside

  • Wash with vinegar then with a damp cloth to follow. Then let dry, that should help a lot.

  • Janine Janine on Nov 03, 2017

    Did you try putting a dish of vinegar in it?

  • Tamara Tamara on Nov 03, 2017

    Put an open box of baking soda inside. It'll absorb odor.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Nov 03, 2017

    Paint the inside with a clear Varathane to seal in the odour.

  • Mes28120126 Mes28120126 on Nov 03, 2017

    Try enzyme you can buy from janitorial supply stores. It's usually used for pet stains and odors.

  • Fauxgal Fauxgal on Nov 04, 2017

    You can use an ozone machine. They are about $100

  • Morgan Morgan on Nov 04, 2017

    Prime it with Kilz first and the odor will be forever gone!