Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tips For Drawers That Don't Slide

Quick tips for pesky drawers the won't shut -
  • Take a look at the drawer.  If you see grooves or any consistent scratch marks on the side or front of the drawer, this could be the source of your problem.
  • I've found drawer fronts (front panel) expand over time.  The easiest way to shrink the front is by sanding.  Remember to sand the sides evenly.  Sand until the drawer shuts to your liking.
  • Use a bar of soap on the track that the drawer slides - if the track is wooden.  I've also been told to use wax.  The problem with wax is that I just don't have wax hanging around my house.  I always have soap!  Pick soap with a pleasant smell.  You will smell it every time you open and close the drawer. 
  • If the track is metal and you have issues with opening and closing due to the track, use petroleum jelly or WD-40.
  • You will want to apply soap and wax after you paint.  Paint will not stick to soap or wax.
  • If the drawer front is in bad shape, cover it with pre-pasted paintable wall paper.  Applying Mod Podge to scrapbook paper will work, too. 


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