Ok - after 9 months of trolling Craigslist for a new dresser to replace the IKEA workhorse that has seen us through three moves and is now thus merely a shadow of its former self, I got lucky. Super lucky. Might I even say, crazy lucky? Seriously, you guys - check out this amazing $225 dresser, and then feel even happier that its former owner was a totally delightful person to deal with:
Ah, but that is after a day of scrubbing and restoring and buffing and waxing the wood to bring the glory back. It was in excellent shape, and survived its trip back to our house in the bed of a Zipcar-ed pickup quite well. But still. Scratches, nicks, heat rings, and a little dust were obscuring the full beauty here.
Here's a shot-to-shot comparison of the before:
... and the after (after a little vinegar, super-fine steel wool, Magic Eraser, and Howard's cleaner and wax):
All the shine! And that wood grain! And all those different inlays and veneers!
And the carved legs? And the casters?
Now, to get it up three flights of stairs...