There's not much to say about this dresser and bedside table set. They were ugly. I painted them. Now they are pretty.

Actually, I should mention now that when refinishing furniture, it's not the same story every time. there's no formula to follow that will get you to the end in a certain, set out amount of time. Ohhh, nooo. Each piece is very different and until you start, you have no way of knowing what kinds of obstacles may cross your path in the process. So yes, there is something to say about this set.

The first thing we do when starting a piece of furniture is decide whether it requires sanding and then deciding how far we need to go with it. Some pieces are best left with just a rough surface sanding before a coat of primer. But if the varnish is old and chipping off all over the place, it will require the varnish to be stripped off. It's usually an easy task, because it's coming off already.

Now, like I said before, this piece is a whole other story. When Nate set out to sand, he decided to use the palm sander for quicker, better results. What he didn't realize, is that the varnish was really thick and almost gummy, so the heat from the sander started to melt the dust that was coming off and turn it into a black, melty mess. It clogged up his sanding discs, stuck to the surface and dried in hard clumps. It was a nightmare. Nate was quite patient and managed to sand the tops down after a few hours. So, some pieces may be a breeze, but some may surprise you with unexpected bumps along the way.

On a more positive note, I chose some awesome handles for these pieces; they are really solid, little art deco style knobs.

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