How To Refinish Furniture in an Apartment?

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Q: My boyfriend and I have been in our apartment for about three years now. As much as we would like to buy a place of our own, it looks like that won't be happening anytime soon. In an effort to make our apartment feel more like home I am slowly taking on new projects to pull everything together.

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For my next project I would like to begin refinishing some pieces of furniture that have been handed down to us.

We got this dresser from my boyfriend's mom and as you can see from the picture, the previous paint job is peeling off. I would like to refinish this piece of furniture, but am hesitant because I do not want the same thing to happen with the paint, and also I am concerned about how to go about refinishing a piece of furniture when living in an apartment complex. We do have a balcony, but I am afraid that this will not be enough space. I would love any suggestions about how to refinish this piece. Thanks!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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