I'm so excited about my fantastic furniture find. On my morning walk one Saturday last month, I came across a garage sale in the neighborhood behind our house. They were selling bedroom furniture: bed frame, dresser, and desk; for $30 or $10 each piece. I thought there must be something wrong with it, or else it was fake wood. But no, every piece was well-built, solid wood, dovetailed joints, and in great condition. I rushed home and dragged Heather out of bed. She was especially interested in the dresser, but she hated the shiny black glaze over the original finish. I volunteered to strip it (mommies-to-be shouldn't breathe those fumes), AND to buy the desk too, in case she would want it later for a diapering table. $20 poorer, we carted them home to our garage.
The desk's current home is my studio. I will finish stripping it sometime later.
The dresser, half stripped. It's a lot of work.
Added later: Here is the completed dresser, stripped and refinished with two coats of tung oil. It is now at home in Heather's house.