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How to take drawers out to re-paint them??

Hey all!

I'm not even sure if this is the right forum for my question, but here goes...

I'm not a professional of any kind nor am I into any woodworking. I'm a regular stay-at-home-mom of four (17, 15, 13 & 7) located in the Greater Bay Area, CA, who loves to take on small DIY projects around my home. What brought me here to this amazing forum is my current DIY project, re-painting my nightstands and a 5-drawer chest of drawers and, if possible, install metal drawer sliders on all the drawers, which would be just...wow!

So, my pickle is that all my drawers have wooden tracks underneath them with tack-in metal glides and a small plastic piece in my chest of drawers that stop the drawers from coming out all the way (please see attached pictures), but in my nightstand, there is no plastic piece. How in the world do I paint my furniture if the drawers won't come out?

Next pickle...is it somehow possible for a rookie such as myself, to manage to install metal drawer sliders in these?

TIA!

P.S. Can I just say, what extremely uber talented people are on this forum?!!
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You should be able to stick your hand int the drawer and push down on the plastic tab to remove.
The drawer slides depends on how the carcass is made.
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Try what Pretender said but from the pic it appears there won't be enough space for the stop block to slide over the stop..

I would say remove the back to you can gain better access. Then remove the stop block.

Often times commercial furniture is stapled on, so you may have some prying to do.

Hope this helps!

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Have you tried tilting the front of the drawer down? Up? and then pulling.


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Try what Pretender said but from the pic it appears there won't be enough space for the stop block to slide over the stop..

I would say remove the back to you can gain better access. Then remove the stop block.

Often times commercial furniture is stapled on, so you may have some prying to do.

Hope this helps!
When you say, "remove the back", how in the world do I do that?! Thanks for the reply though!
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Try what Pretender said but from the pic it appears there won't be enough space for the stop block to slide over the stop..

I would say remove the back to you can gain better access. Then remove the stop block.

Often times commercial furniture is stapled on, so you may have some prying to do.

Hope this helps!
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Have you tried tilting the front of the drawer down? Up? and then pulling.


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No, I haven't George. I haven't touched them otherwise, besides to take the pictures. Will try out all the other suggestions too. Thanks!
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You should be able to stick your hand int the drawer and push down on the plastic tab to remove.
The drawer slides depends on how the carcass is made.
Thanks for that, but like DrRobert said, and I agree, it's not possible.
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Sometimes you can pull out a lower drawer part way, then reach your arm and finger (or butter knife) to unlock the drawer above it. Once one drawer is out, it should be easier to get the rest.

By "removing the back", @DrRobert means to pry it off gently and carefully. It depends on what kind of back it has, and how it is attached.
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No, I haven't George. I haven't touched them otherwise, besides to take the pictures. Will try out all the other suggestions too. Thanks!

You have not touched them??? So why do you even think there is a problem?


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If you cant get your hand in there to press the tab down, how did you take the picture?
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If you cant get your hand in there to press the tab down, how did you take the picture?
I just pulled the drawer all the way out and took a picture from underneath the open drawer
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