How to Repair Old Dresser Drawers

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How to Repair Old Dresser Drawers

Dressers take a great deal of abuse, supporting heavy weights, receiving knocks and impacts, and drawers opening and closing repeatedly. Eventually the rigours of everyday use such as this take their toll. Common problems include stuck drawers, weak drawers, and loose handles. Older dressers often receive multiple coats of paint that eventually flake or blister, looking unsightly. Instead of buying a brand new dresser, consumers should consider repairing their existing dresser or purchasing an inexpensive older model that requires restoration and repair. This saves a significant amount of money, provides a sense of achievement, makes a great restoration or upcycling project, and allows consumers to personalise the dresser.

How to Replace the Bottom of a Dresser Drawer

Over time, the bottom of a dresser drawer sags, weakens, cracks, or tilts. The bottom portion of the drawer is the weakest portion of the dresser, having only a little support and being made from a single piece of plywood or hardwood.

Remove the drawer from the dresser and turn it upside down. Remove the screws holding the guides or runners in place and pull off the runners. Take a flat head screwdriver and insert it carefully between the side of the drawer and the base and pry up the base. Continue all the way around the drawer, removing the nails with pliers, until the base is free. Tap the screwdriver against the bottom of the drawer at the corners to loosen it further, then slide it out of the frame. Measure the drawer bottom and note the measurements, then cut a fresh piece of plywood at least half a centimetre thick, using apanel saw or acircular saw. Use medium grain sandpaper to smooth the edges.

Stain, varnish, or paint the bottom to match the rest of the drawer and allow it to dry. Insert one edge of the replacement drawer bottom into the ridge and push down on the centre of the base to position it correctly until it slots firmly into the ridges on each side. Place thin nails or tacks evenly along the back side of the drawer, penetrating through the drawer frame, into the plywood base, holding it securely. Then replace the runners along either side. For added security, consumers can add hot glue along the edges of the base.

How to Change Handles on Dresser Drawers

Consumers can rejuvenate the look of their dresser easily by replacing the handles. Choose an aesthetically pleasing handle that compliments the look of the rest of the dresser and the decor of the living space. Remove the drawer from the dresser. Handles and knobs have screw fastenings on the inside of the drawer. Use a screwdriver and remove the screws and old handles. If the new handle is exactly the same size and shape as the old one, simply position it over the holes and replace the screws.

If the new handles differ in size, shape, or mounting location, fill the old holes with putty, wipe off the excess and allow it to dry. Then sand the holes to achieve an even finish. Use putty the same colour as the drawer if possible. If not, then simply add varnish, stain, or paint of the appropriate colour and allow to dry. Place the new handle in position and mark the position of the mounting holes. Drill through the drawer in the marked locations. Sand down the drill holes to smooth them over. Then simply screw the new drawer handle into place.

How to Refinish Dresser Drawers

For outdated, scruffy, damaged, or untidy dresser drawers, consumers can simply refinish them, along with the whole dresser if necessary. Remove the drawers from the dresser and remove hardware, such as handles, guides, and runners. Either sand away the old finish until only the wood remains or use a chemical stripper to remove layers of paint and varnish. Clean down the drawers using hot soapy water, then dry them thoroughly. Sand again with fine grain sandpaper to ensure a smooth, even finish. Then apply varnish, stain, or paint. Allow this coat to dry and add a second coat if necessary. Once dry, apply a coat of polyurethane sealant, which protects the wood from spills and damage, providing an attractive, durable finish.

How to Buy Dresser Drawers and Repair Items on eBay

eBay sellers offer a huge range of repair supplies for dresser drawers, from plywood to nails and vanish. For those on a budget, who enjoy a home project, or who like to upcycle old, neglected furniture, consider buying a used dresser in need of care and attention and repair and restore it yourself. eBay Deals offer unmissable deals on a huge range of home and garden supplies, including everything you need to repair a damaged or neglected dresser and drawers. Consider stripping the dresser back to the original wood or, strip it back and add your own personal touches to create a unique piece of practical furniture.

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