This is the dresser.
This is what I've started. I took the drawers out and primed the bottom.
Used some varnish remover and an orbital sander on the top. I'm thinking of investing in a different type of sander. I'm starting to not be so fond of this one.
Getting all the varnish and stain off down to the white pine. Oh what a task that is!
Then I put a coat of pre-stain conditioner on the top. I do this so it doesn't look splotchy and streaky.
I stained it with Minwax dark walnut. I need to start experimenting with different types of stains, because I'm convinced this one is not a very good quality stain. Even with the pre-stain conditioner, it was a little blotchy.
I'm going to put one more coat of the stain on it, then seal it with tung oil. Then I have to put 2 more coats of paint on the bottom and I haven't even primed the drawers yet. So this will still be a bit longer until it's finished.
I'm working on a homemade bulletin board to put over it on the wall above, I'm also running into problems with that, too!
Stay tuned, I am hoping to have this dresser finished within a week or so. Do you have any easy methods for completely removing varnish and stain? I would love to hear of some tips.