Step 5: Paint, stain or varnish unfinished wood (if needed)

Curing unfinished wood with polyshine
Photo: Geoffrey Gross
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If the chest is unfinished, brush on a coat of paint, stain or varnish. This will help protect the wood from exposure to excessive heat and humidity.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • hand saw
      Handsaw
    • 100-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • two-foot level
      Level
    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw

    Shopping List

    1) Chest of drawers

    2) 2- and 3-inch drywall screws

    3) Paint, stain or varnish
    used to seal bare wood

    4) Paintbrush

    5) Drop cloth

    6) 1/8-inch hardboard
    used to cover opening cut into rear of chest

    7) 3/4-inch wire nails
    used to secure hardboard

    8) Doorstop molding
    used to trim around installed chest

    9) 1 1/2-inch finishing nails
    for attaching doorstop molding