So Max and I bought this dresser a few months ago, and I've just been too busy with school and work and procrastinating to devote any time to fixing it up. I mean, it's a nice dresser — totally looks pretty nice and there's nothing functionally wrong with it, so it wasn't exactly first on my list of priorities. All I really did was wipe out the drawers before we started loading clothes into it, and Max threw a bunch of art books on top before I even had a chance to clean it off. It's hard to tell from the pictures, but it had a bunch of little nicks and scratches and bumps and bruises and chipped veneer and little bits of paint and cigarette burns and rings on the top! Also, every time I did wipe it with any cleaning product, the towel would turn a shade of dark brown, which was a bit disconcerting. I love some nice rosewood, for sure, but decades of smoke and tinted furniture polish and wax and crap probably weren't doing the wood a lot of favors at this point.
Daniel shows, with full instructions and step-by-step images, how he transformed this older piece that was in need of some love and care into a like new piece of furniture. Check out Dresser Restoration on Manhattan Nest. (Images: Daniel Kanter)