get rid of old stinky varnish
I need your help big time.
I have been trying to get rid of a horrible smell that comes from the unpainted wood inside an old closet. The house was built in the 1930s, but I suspect this wood closet must have been made in the 60s.
The painted part does not smell as bad, but the drawers ,which are not painted, smell terrible. It is not pet urine, mold or anything that someone left there. It is the wood itself (pine and pine plywood). I have cleaned the drawers with different products (water and vinegar, Fabreeze, Nature's Miracle, water and Lysol) but it does not come off. When I scrub, the rag or sponge turns yellow. I finally decided to put two coats of primer on it, but it seems like it smells worse.
Could it be that the old varnish is disintegrating and sending off this stink? Should I try to paint it with oil based paint? What should I do?