After stripping the entire dresser down to the underlying wood, Sarah pretreated the base and then stained with Minwax Dark Walnut. She gave the base a coat of poly to protect it from wear, then turned to the drawers. Unfortunately, they were covered with veneer and the wood underneath was nowhere near as attractive as the dresser base. Sarah opted to paint the drawers using Annie Sloane Chalk Paint (Duck Egg Blue) then waxed using a combination of clear and dark waxes.
Though removing every trace of that red paint was a chore, the beauty of the wood that Sarah revealed made all that work worthwhile. Sarah is happy with her new dresser, but is giving some though to reveneering the drawers in wood sometime in the future. In the meantime, she has created a lovely piece for her home and brought a vintage dresser back to life. See More: Imperfect Patina: The Red Dresser (Images: Sarah/Imperfect Patina)