This is a circa 1890's faux oak grain painted dresser that has seen its better days. I would have liked to slap a coat of Old English with scratch cover on it and sell it on. But Gypsy was certain that it would not sell and encouraged me, her term for her persuasion, not mine, to paint it up and then do some scuffing to the edges. I sanded the top to get the gummy varnish and paint off it. It has a very nice, straight grained maple (or maybe birch) top. And now I have started to painted it. I used my favorite, bright red spray paint. It is drying right now. If that doesn't work, I'll cover it all with a nice satin black.
The sanding and painting is all good, but it struck me while I was working there, Damn, I have the $1 million view and one hellva workshop. There are eagles, swans, hawks and geese overhead, just waiting for the lake to open. Life is pretty good after all.
UPDATE: So I got the dresser painted. The hardware still needs to be returned and the mirror has to be reassembled. What do you think of the color? Will it sell in central Minnesota?