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.
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.