SF Good Questions: What To Do With This Dresser?

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Dear AT SF: Ok, so I actually have two questions. I recently bought a used dresser off Craigslist, and though I'm delighted with the design, it had seen some better days (such is to be expected for $20). I used Restore-A-Finish (ie. awesomeness in a can) to buff away the many scratches and give some warmth to the faded wood. But it doesn't seem to be taking in some spots. Is the wood too dry, or is there a wax buildup?...

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...Also, while the rest of the dresser has wood veneers, the top is an ugly faux wood laminate that's faded to an dull greyish-brown (it's hard to tell from the photo, but trust me, it doesn't match the rest of the wood at all). Is there anything I can do to it, or should I just accept it, live with it, and be thankful the rest of the piece looks good?

Thanks,
Tammy

Can anyone help Tammy?

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