The End is in Sight!

I had a very busy week preparing my wood dresser by adding two more coats of Tung Oil (24 hours apart). I absolutely love that with each coat it becomes shinier and shinier! It looks glossy to me and I like that look. 5 coats of Tung Oil is actually not necessary. I choose that because I like the shiny look, however, if you prefer a more dull look then 2-3 coats would be completely fine. The first 2 coats soaked right into the wood compared to my 5th coat.

Left: 1 coat of Tung Oil, Right: 5 coats of Tung Oil

The next thing I did was wax the drawers because they were sticky and they did not slide nicely. I had only been told about this, I had no idea how to actually do it. I thought I had to melt the wax and somehow work with warm wax. Turns out, this was the easiest part of the entire project and this website was very helpful in educating me on this process.

I also made about 9 trips to Home Depot to purchase the new hard ware, an anticipated exciting part of the process but it was so frustrating! My 13-year old daughter claimed this dresser very early in the process even though she does not need it. This complicates placing it in her bedroom because it is a different style than her current dresser and, as it turns out, there are several different styles of dressers! That aside, she wanted to choose the hardware (you are in for a treat!) so she found the most bling possible. So I bought it and attempted to screw it on but my old dresser’s wood must be thinner than modern dressers because the screws were too loose. So trip #2 back to Home Depot to buy washers to act as a filler, otherwise the hardware knob would just spin around. Okay, problem fixed. But then I bought too many knobs and not enough pulls. Trip #3 to return and exchange and luckily Home Depot has an excellent return policy. Next, I attempt to attach the pulls but they are too long, they don’t fit! Are you kidding!? I did not know these were measured, I had assumed they were a standard measurement, but NOPE! Now I am nervous because my dresser is very old and I am concerned that my required size is no longer available (and I still need the 13-year old’s ‘bling’!). Trip #4 I discovered that there are many sizes actually available! Who knew! And they had the bling hardware, in the size we needed. So, okay, 9 trips was an exaggeration but 4 did seem a little excessive to buy what I thought was a simple (but oh so surprisingly expensive) step of refinishing! All said and done, the dresser has (very blingy!) knobs and pulls on it.

The part of this project I have yet to finish is removing the wallpaper layer from the drawers. This job absolutely sucks so I have left it for last. It is very labour intensive and quite messy.

5 thoughts on “The End is in Sight!

  1. Great learning project! I have no patients for refinishing or painting furniture, so I give you lots of credit. I had no idea wax could be applied to sticky drawers that do not close well! Keep up the great work!


  2. Your dresser looks really awesome!! ANd thank you for the website link for the waxing of the drawers, I am going to need to try that on one of my old dressers as the drawers are very sticky! And was a cliffhanger….you left us without a picture of the bling bling lol Now you know that I will be back to read your next post!!!


  3. Your Learning Project is looking amazing especially with the Tung Oil you have added! I never knew you can use candle wax to help make it slide better. Your doing a fantastic job on your dresser and the link you provided about the waxing to not make it stick was very interesting. Keep up the amazing job and can’t wait to see your last post of your Bling Bling on your dresser. Thank you for sharing!


  4. Jana!!! I am obsessed! I am so happy you decided to try the tung oil! It is really looking amazing! Great job so far! I also really enjoy reading your process because you are so personable. Reading your post really makes me feel like I am living in the project with you! I can totally understand how many 4 trips could feel like a dozen! more than 1 trip to the store can be exhausting! I am so glad you were able to find what you were looking for and I can’t wait to see the final project! Side note: Thank you for the wax trick! I had no idea this was a thing and I am definitely going to try it out on my sticky wood drawers!


  5. Wow, Jana! That looks amazing! I love your choice on the bling bling. I never knew you could use candle wax for helping with the wood being sticky and helping it to slide. I’m so glad for you, you did a great job! 🙂


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