I found this dresser recently in a resale shop. It was a great, solid piece, but lacked character. I spent weeks trying to figure out what to do with it. I even asked your input.
Well, I decided to strip and stain the top a darker color. So I used my usual Citristrip, which stripped the top quickly and easily. I wiped it down with paint thinner, then applied two coats of a new stain, Rustoleum's Black Cherry. After two coats of stain, here's what the top looked like.
You're not seeing things! The stain obviously didn't take at one end. UGH! It started out looking so promising! What happened?
Well I posted pictures on a furniture forum and the consensus is that I didn't get the stripper off on that end.
Soooo, I re-stripped, and re-rinsed, and re-stained.
Second time was a charm! Three coats of ASCP Old White (it just never looks right after two), some distressing, and two coats of clear wax and voila!
I've linded up here this week: