Antique Dresser Drawers Stick

I recently inherited a beautiful antique dresser that I would love to use, but the drawers stick so badly they’re almost impossible to open. Is there a way to treat the wooden rails/glides so that the drawers open smoothly? — Soap (rub it on the rails its what they used to do back when it worked on mine — Wax placed where the drawer and frame contact each other will help — The wood might […]

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Rough sliding old kitchen cabinet drawers

My kitchen cabinets are all wood (even the sliders on the drawers are wood against wood)as they are pushing 50 years old. I can’t afford to replace them right now. What can I put on the drawer sliders to help them move more easily? I keep thinking I once heard of someone using some type of soap or something to make old cabinet drawers slide easier. — The farmhouse in which I grew up had […]

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Nailing down flooring

What is the procedure for nailing down 3/4 x 3 1/2 inch hardwood flooring, using a power nailer… and the pieces near the kitchen cabinets along the last wall need to be nailed down? There is not enough room to hit the nailer with the hammer when it is that close. — You remove the quarter round at the far edge before placing the last board. Then you nail that last edge straight on, and […]

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Painting over starined/varnished wood?

Painting over stained/varnished wood molding/doors? I am trying to paint the woodwork and it has a somewhat shiny, smooth surface. Will that be ok or do I have to use some type of special primer or a prep solvent? I would prefer to use a solvent than sanding it all. Please send me some info. on prepping the stained/varnished wood. — I so detest painted woodwork that I almost hate to give you advice, however, […]

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Non-toxic wood floor finish

I just found something on the interwebs and am all excited. Pure tung oil, from realmilkpaint.com Now I know what I am going to refinish my beautiful oak kitchen cabinets with, and I got to figure out how to put real floor boards over concrete slab, and finish them with tung oil. Got some non-toxic water-based finish that I figured was the best I could do for the cabinets, but for one thing, I really […]

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Will kitchen sink fit in base cabinet?

I recently had my kitchen cabinets replaced by Lowes. They installed a 33 inch wide sink base cabinet. The countertops are coming later this week. They told me that I could install a double sink in this sink base. The sink is a total of 33 inches wide (end to end). The sink is supposed to be installed in a 36 inch base cabinet from what I understand. The person at Lowes told me that […]

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Color of laminate wood floors

I’m trying to choose a laminate wood floor color. I tend to like the medium to medium light oak colors. I have such a small place that I also think that the lighter (as opposed to darker ones) might help brighten the rooms and make them look larger. But, I’m wondering….I have furniture that will be mostly darker and a few pieces that will be lighter and my kitchen cabinets will be almost the same […]

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