I purchased this giant dresser sight unseen and when it arrived it was in rough shape. The top had deep scratches and dings, the back was missing, drawers misaligned, chipped veneer and oh so dirty but the solid wood construction and pretty style would make all the work worth it.
I stripped the top with a chemical paint stripper as step then power sanded it smooth as shown above. The entire thing was scrubbed inside and out to remove years of grime and grunge using Dixie Belle white lightening cleaner, warm water and a scrub brush. After everything was scrubbed well I hose it all with clean water, wipe with a clean towel and let dry well overnight.
There are more steps described in depth on my blog tutorial linked at the bottom here. This project took MANY steps.