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Well, regardless of whether or not your finished dresser will look like what you want - the way to get the stain color you want is:
1. strip/sand off all the old finish
2. buy and apply an oil based dark stain, but instead of wiping off the stain as per the instructions on the can, leave the stain to dry completely on the wood. (make sure to stir the stain before applying!). It might take two or even three coats to get the complete dark brown look you are after.
3. I would rec'd finishing with a rub on poly in a satin finish.

It will be a lot of work, but this is how to get the "not quite paint but not a see through wood grainy" stained look.

Should I Stain or Should I Go Now? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
1/21/10 12:30 AM

I was going to put a frame on a hinge over my thermostat, but in the midst of putting up a photo wall around it, I tried surrounding it with just an empty frame and I felt like it worked.
You can see a picture here, in the second picture from the top.


Tips for Camouflaging Thermostats, Radiators Air Conditioners | Apartment Therapy Boston
1/18/10 06:21 PM

I just explained my own schoolhouse creation at the end of this blog post...I really love the look and it cost me less than ten dollars to do.

Apartment Therapy DC | Roundup: Schoolhouse Style Lighting Options
8/17/09 11:21 PM

We got bumped from our Delta flight and they gave us travel credits - and then we found tickets to Australia from SFO for $483 and snatched them up. The flights (for two) ended up costing us $21 dollars. TO AUSTRALIA! We leave at the end of October...I can't wait!
Until then we are using FF miles to travel to Seattle and Vermont, and have already been to Michigan for a wedding. That;s just how it is when you have family all over and a two year old everyone wants to see.

Apartment Therapy New York | Survey: Are You Traveling This Summer?
7/11/09 12:24 PM

I could never go in that pool because every time I got in I'd be overwhelmed by the urge to give someone the old pressed hams.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Gravity-Defying Swimming Pool Ensamble Studio
6/23/09 06:31 PM

Wow. Could that look more like testicles?

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | QuickShower Water and Soap Showerhead For Those Looking to Shower Even Faster
3/5/09 04:10 PM

Some of our favorite wedding gifts: an espresso machine, a night at a VERY fancy hotel where we went on our honeymoon, good knives and a chopping block, black and white pics taken by a guest and put in an album, champagne flutes from Tiffany, a toaster, and really nice wine glasses. If I don't know what people want I usually knives or cloth napkins and napkin rings or a platter. Platters are always useful and if you give it from a run of the mill store it can be returned.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | In a Pinch: Anyone Have Any Wedding Gift Ideas?
11/10/08 01:56 PM

I really hate the no shoes rule well as well. Yuck.
We don't have any rules for our guests, really, although we have had people behave so badly they have not been invited back.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | What Are Your House Rules?
11/5/08 10:47 AM

Well they obviously don't have children.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Inspiration: High Gloss White Floors
11/4/08 05:33 PM

I love it. Would you mind telling me where the two prints over the couch came from? They're perfect!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Midwest #23: Jennifer and Greg's Spirit Boost
10/22/08 03:15 PM

I would so write a letter to Anthropologie. I've had a lot of success with that for various companies - just make sure to send it to the highest up department of the store you can find, and mention how much you shop there.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Question: Can This Quilt be Saved? Los Angeles
10/20/08 02:15 PM

This is my favorite so far!
I'm just wondering if you can share where you purchased the gray couch and the red wood twin bed. I love them both!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Midwest #34: Anna's Inspired Family Home
10/16/08 08:15 AM

I can't help but wonder where these boys um, you know. Do number two? In my bathroom? No thanks!

Apartment Therapy DC | Hot or Not? Boys Bathroom with Urinal
9/26/08 06:22 PM

Lovely. What's the color in the living room? That;s the exact color I've been looking for now for ages for MY living room!

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Inspiration: Using Color In Unexpected Places
9/22/08 11:16 PM

I also own this bookshelf!

Pros: it looks great, a very nice modern take on midcentury design - we get lots of compliments on it. And it holds a lot of books. And the price is great, and it IS solid wood.

Cons: Because there are no vertical side shelves to hold books on, you need to use something on the end of each shelf of books, if that makes sense. Bookends or what have you. And it doesn't look right to me unless you create a triangulation with your books, so for example we have a full shelf of books on the very bottom shelf and only a few books on the top shelf. Also, our shelf, at least, is VERY tippy, and so we have had to anchor it to the wall in two places.

Ultimately, I really love how it looks, but it's not that sturdy. I would never use it anywhere it could not be anchored to a wall.

Here's a picture of it in our house:

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Thoughts on Thomas O'Brien Furniture?
9/11/08 08:05 PM

It's much cheaper on Amazon.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Is The Furminator Worth It?
7/21/08 09:45 AM

I bought plain green glass knobs from here, and they were about 1/4 the price of the ones from Anthropologie. If they don't have what you are looking for, I would just google the general idea of what you want and see what comes up.


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Good Questions: Suggestions for Drawer Pulls on My Secretary?
7/16/08 12:09 PM

Thank you so much to everyone for all of your suggestions - they have been SO helpful! We are definitely going to try out a few of these ideas and see what we think, and I'll be sure to report back on what we end up choosing.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Good Questions: Chairs To Go With This Table?
7/14/08 04:13 PM

I never win anything. Maybe this time?

Apartment Therapy New York | Thursday Giveaway: Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair in Red
7/11/08 02:42 PM

This from Cb2 reminds me a lot of it, and it's on sale!

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Similar, Less Expensive Bedding?
6/27/08 02:36 PM