Thursday, April 29, 2010

A sticky situation

Do you have drawers that stick?  We do.  Most of the built-in drawers in our house are all wood on wood, no runners, no 'tracks'.  Our built-in dresser in the closet was a pain because the drawers were massive and when they stuck, they stuck hard.  So, I was trolling the web for a quick fix after everything was painted and before I put them back into the frame.  And I came upon a thrifty tip...
Candle wax!  You may recall that I am psycho over the 'Fresh Balsam' candles from Bath and Body Works and want to douse my body with the home fragrance oil.  Well, when the candles dwindled down to nothing after burning them every night, I couldn't bear to just throw them away.  So, I would pop them in the freezer overnight and then go all Sharon-Stone-in-Basic-Instinct on the wax until it was all chopped up.  And into a baggie the wax would go, to later be used in this wax warmer thingy....what the heck are these things called, anyway? 
This way I still get to enjoy the fragrance of the wax, even though the candle itself is long gone.  Oh, and of course I use the leftover glass jar for other things, like holding our acrylics in the art room:
 
Anyway, this is not the point of my post. The POINT is that the wax, while deliciously scented, is also a practical way to help your drawers slide more freely.  I grabbed my baggie, took out the largest wax pieces, and started giving the wood drawer supports inside the frame a rubdown they would not soon forget.  Boom chicka bow wow!  I also rubbed some on the bottom of the drawers themselves. 
 
Then I put the drawers in and opened and closed them a few times.  Do not be alarmed if they seem to stick even worse, once the wax is 'rubbed smooth' over a few days, those drawers will slide like a knife through butta!
Problem solved!  And that is why I love to chop up candles.  It has nothing to do with my repressed aggression. 

24 comments:

efedesigns said...

Excellent tip! I'll have to try this on my built ins...and my kitchen. :)
-Kim

eric @ my First Garage said...

Soap works great too - Bar soap, not liquid.

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

Bar soap works too.

Love the liners.

Jamie said...

Haha! This post cracked me up! And it's a great idea! You're silly AND smart! :)

Kerry @ First Time Fancy said...

We had to do this when we refinished the red dresser I've posted about (which will be getting a makeover again soon...)

We just used parafin wax - but good to know left over candle wax will do the trick as well!!

Freckles Chick said...

Bwahahahaha @ "a rubdown they would not soon forget. Boom chicka bow wow."

I have a sudden urge to smoke a cigarette or high-five you or hope that you'll still respect me in the morning.

This is genius! Thanks for the tip! That drawer looks might fine w/ the snappy liner & drawer pull.

Jamie Lee said...

It's great to know that this actually works. I remember reading about it through Martha but never needed to try it out. Thanks for the tip!

Abby and Adam Elvebak said...

Great tip! Way to use every last drop of wax and even the jars!

kitliz @ DIYdiva said...

Love the drawer liners! Which were not the subject of this post, but still.

Design Esquire said...

What a great solution, and the drawer liners are so much fun!

Anonymous said...

tart warmers, they're called tart warmers. lol.
-jill

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Eric and Sharon - Yes, I had read about the soap but we don't have one bar of soap in our house, it's all liquid! I may bring home one from my next hotel stay though. I imagine the soap would work even faster to loosen things up!

Jill - yes, tart warmers! Thank you!

To everyone interested, the drawer liner is Kartha Stewart, from Kmart a couple years ago.

Chelsea said...

Wow, what a great tip! Hmm, would it work on drawers that have wheels and slides, too? Or would it just gunk them up? I have a kitchen drawer that likes to stick, and considering I only have 4 drawers in the entire kitchen - it's not very much fun. :) And I agree with everyone - those drawer liners are just too cute!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

haha, nice!! thanks for sharing this oh-so-useful tip :)

Sara @ EF eDesigns said...

It's a good thing you're so resourceful and had some leftover wax laying around! Just goes to show you should think twice before throwing anything away!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Chelsea, I think straight up WD-40 or some other sort of oil is better for drawers with slides. However, I don't think the wax would hurt anything.

Meg said...

Bahaha! Between the rub down and title 'sticky situation,' I'm feeling slightly uncomfortable. It sounds like you know how to work your hands!

Genius idea. And that drawer deserves all the attention it's getting. The crisp white, the pulls, and that fabulous drawer liner...I'm in love!

Kate said...

Cool tip!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

This is too smart! Thanks for another great tip!!

Kate said...

I'm another one that has always used a bar soap to make drawers slide easier, but I never thought of using the end of my candles in my tart warmer. Thanks for the tip!

Another Kate

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Clever. And I love your thumb up.

micah @ the yellow front door said...

whoa, is it getting hot in here or is it just me?!

Maria Killam said...

Hey, now I know what to do with all the stubs that are left, thanks for this!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

That is a very handy tip! I hate having all that leftover candle wax. We recently got some free (old) furniture that might benefit from this tip.