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post #1 of 9 Old 03-06-2011, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Painting old furniture

I have an old dressing mirror with drawers on each side that I am painting to put in my daughters room. Refinishing is not my specialty and to tell you the truth I hate it! But I suppose I will do it for her. I have stripped the old paint off, that I fear is probably lead based and am ready to repaint. The question I have is this, the inside smells like....well old furniture. I am thinking of painting the insides also to get rid of this smell and just make it cleaner but am worried that the paint on the inside and on the drawers will stick together. I built her a loft bed recently and used an exterior deck paint and it worked great, very tough stuff so her climbing up and down doesn't scuff it up. Can I use this paint or does anyone have other recommendations?

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a good primer is the best to start with. i dont see why that paint would not work just fine. i would not paint areas that rub together, like drawer bottoms. maybe install glides.
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Thanks Jack. Not sure I could get glides in there but I was thinking about maybe sanding and using poly on the runners. As for a primer, I thought Kilz might be good, is that over kill?
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not at all. for that kind of project i would use the qt type and not the rattle can.
i wouldnt use poly on the runners either. sant um raw and leave them with no paint. maybe rub with a candle to put some wax on.
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perhaps you could use a rag and rub the insides with mineral spirits or denatured alcohol to try and clean them. less effort than painting.

as for the slides, do not paint or poly them. Leave bare or use a light coating of wax
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What

paint? paint wood?
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Thanks Jack. Not sure I could get glides in there but I was thinking about maybe sanding and using poly on the runners. As for a primer, I thought Kilz might be good, is that over kill?
Hi Chris - Never had much luck with Kilz. I'd go with a shellac base primer to cut the odor, Zinseer BIN comes to mind. I've had good luck screwing strips of UHMW onto the runners for the drawers to slide on if you have enough vertical clearance. 1/8" is plenty. If you can't get them inside the cabinet, put them on the bottom of the drawers.
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If you paint the interiors, some paints will smell for a long time. Most oil base paints will carry an odor. Shellac would be less, but still is evident. I would use a waterbase polyurethane, which can be tinted, and some come in colors. It dries fast and will be a good choice IMO. No need to use a primer.








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Shellac on the insides of both the drawers and dresser does a nice job of eliminating that musty, antique-ish smell. Also dries fast and clothes won't stick to it.

Keep slides bare, and wax them.
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