How to Open Locked Drawers in Antique Furniture

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You always have to be careful when opening locked drawers in antique furniture so as not to damage the piece in question. Open locked drawers in antique furniture with help from an experienced interior design professional in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Jane Brown, from Jane Brown Interiors and And, I’m here at my favorite antique store, which is a hidden little chest between 31st and Broadway in New York City. Today, we’re going to talk about how to unstick one of those drawers that refuse to open, and I have some really old-fashioned yet effective tricks of how to do that. So, one of the first and simplest, easiest ways is to get a cake of soap from the bathroom, and soap acts as a lubricant. So, it’s simply a matter of getting the soap and rubbing it along the external protruding part that slides along the edge of the drawer to help it ease along the slides. And, you know, that’s a really cost-effective and cheap way to unstick your drawer. Now, if you don’t have soap – which, you know, a lot of people have hand soaps nowadays – but, if you have a candle in the house, again, it’s a simple matter of getting the candle, it’s the exact same principle, just rubbing the candle along the exposed joints to form that lubricant so it slips along and out easily. And, that’s my tip for today. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, keep watching eHow, and I’ll see you next time.


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