This is going to be short, but not very sweet...why didn't any of you tell me how much work this reworking furniture thing is?!...you just show the before and after pictures like whoosh! Here's the ugly, drab, disgusting piece of furniture that no one in their right mind would ever buy, and then (*successive harp strums*) ta dah! here's the most beautiful custom piece of furniture you've ever seen that you couldn't find in a store if you tried.
But you never mentioned the hours of grueling, labor intensive, sweat, blood and tears that went into it! Needless to say we've been working on the dresser this weekend. After a couple of hours on Friday and a few hours on Sunday, two of us have almost finished sanding it down. I feel like such a wimp; we even had two electric handheld sanding machines. I still don't think it's going to be in good enough shape to stain it (there is some weird paint in some spots underneath that won't come off and taking off the hardware left holes in some places that will have to be filled in with putty), so I am in the process of picking out a good color. Wish me luck!