Is My Two-Tone Dresser Too Dark Now?

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Q: Long time listener, first time caller! After years of reading Apartment Therapy and seeing all the amazing DIYs, I took my courage to Home Depot and bought supplies to refinish a dresser I've had for about 5 years. It's not really my style anymore; I've been leaning steadily in the modern direction, all the more when I moved into a darling mod duplex in Tucson last fall. Instead of replacing it, I thought I'd try my luck, so I refinished and painted. I think my stain's too dark... is it? If you think I should bring it down a notch, what type of bleach would you use? A/B or Oxalic acid? Thanks!!

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PS It's going in the same bedroom with this long Harmony House dresser I found on Craigslist. Removing the tile top on this will be my next "Good Question" :)

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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.