I wanted a dresser for our bedroom, but because we are currently living abroad for work, wasn't able to find something like what I was looking for. So, we bought an old dresser for about $15 dollars, and used some left over paint, varnish, and knobs that we had.
Step 1: Sand, Baby, Sand
My loving husband sanded this dresser down for me, (probably because he knew it would take me too long to do it right!). We removed the drawers and also sanded them.
Step 2: Tinting the Top
I wasn't 100% happy with the color of the varnish so I did some research on DIY wood tinting. Turns out, that with simple acrylic paint and water, you can tint wood!
I used 1 part metallic, copperish acrylic paint and 2 parts water for the desired tint and shimmer. I painted it on with a sponge and let it dry.
Step 3: & 4: Paint, Varnish, and Knobs
We gave the top and drawers two coats of varnish with a brush, waited about 1 minute, then gently wiped it off with a lint free cloth/rag. We did this twice.
The rest of the dresser was painted with two coats of flat beige paint.
Finally, we added the clear, glass knobs.