January 24, 2012

The Dresser from You-Know-Where...

Ok, so I didn't make {another} batch of cookies yesterday.   And I didn't get to the garage, but as I was doing laundry, I figured I'd wash all my little cookie's clothes in her dresser because they yet again started to smell.
Uh huh, so the story with the dresser {from you-know-where} starts  6 months prior to our little one being born.  It was a craigslist purchase and was only $40.  A good steal, I thought.  When we drove all the way to Timbuktu to get it, I found that the thing was a piece of, well-you-know-what.  I felt bad for the lady who was trying to sell it.  She was 9+ months pregnant with tons of kids running around so we took it.

My dad graciously took it home to the Burg and fixed it up.  Brent laboriously painted it inside and out, we put new hardware on it and:
It was beautiful. (I wish I had before pictures)  6 drawers of white and satin nickel that completed her room so flawlessly.
Only one draw back- the smell.  We have tried for over a year and a half to get out the oil based paint smell.  Clorox, baking soda, tea bags, essential oils, all types of cleaners,  dryer sheets, airing it out for weeks outside, even a re-paint job.  Nothing has worked.  And I mean N-O-T-H-I-N-G.   We've been able to delay the smell, but it always comes back.   

It's got one last chance to get fixed, otherwise I'm taking an axe to it, and I'm not even going to feel bad about it.
Not at all.
So if you want to help out a dresser in need of not being turned into chopsticks and have some helpful tips, it would be forever grateful.



  1. UGH, that is seriously the worst. I've had the same problem with one of our dressers, only instead of smelling like paint, they smell like old lady perfume. *gag* If you find anything that works, let me know, too! It's such a cute dresser! :(

  2. Try going over the entire inside and out with undiluted vinegar. Just put some on a rag and go to town. At first, it will smell very strongly of salt and vinegar potato chips, but when it dries, the vinegar smell will be gone--and hopefully the other odors too.

  3. that's so weird! I've never heard of the paint smell lingering. The only trick I've learned for minimizing paint fumes is to add vanilla extract to the actual paint. So maybe try painting over it again, with some vanilla mixed in. And maybe strip it all the way to the original wood before redoing it again. Good luck!

  4. Thanks for the tips! I'll let you know what I find out!


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