Sealing a dresser project?

My mother-in-law passed away a couple years ago and I received this dresser of hers. I use it to store paper, notebooks, cards, etc. I tried to clean it with melamine foam (Magic Eraser), but didn’t get very far.

I’m covering the outside of the drawers with washi tape and Im going to paint the drawer border and where the handles are.

I have Krylon clear coat that I’m going to seal it with. My question is, should I use Mod Podge to make sure all the tape stays smooth first or would that cause weird discoloration?


(Please overlook the clutter in the photo =] )

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Interesting revamp!

I used to put a clear spray over mod podge when I lived in a humid area (the MP stayed sticky forever), and never saw any discoloration. But my stuff was usually small areas or patterns which might hide discoloration; it might be different on large, single color areas.