At some point during all of that thinking I'd find a dresser that I could renovate, my sister was moving my niece's dresser out of her room replacing it. I said, "Don't throw it away! I might want it!" Well, I happened to be in New Jersey at the time and the dresser was in north Alabama. My parents had taken a cedar chest out to her that weekend and obligingly brought the dresser back to their house when it had originally started. They bought it just after they got married in 1964. My sister used it in her bedroom through childhood, then it got handed down to my niece. It was originally white with veneer and a formica-like top. My sister painted the sides and drawers at some point to match the walls in my niece's room. With our move, I was closer to the dresser. When my parents came down last month, they dug it out of the storage shed and brought it to me. I felt a little deflated when I saw it because it was rougher than I'd remembered. But, I did what I always do and got busy sanding! After I'd removed all the drawers and sanded them, I remembered to take a before photo.
I decided I wanted to leave the drawers as natural as you can get veneer. My plan was to white wash them a bit. But, I had trouble with them because I couldn't get all the paint off of them in the first place. The whitewash looked blotchy. I was aggravated!
One last look at before and after.