This dresser started off in rough shape. It was painted almost completely black and not done well at that.
I sanded the entire dresser down to the wood grain, except for the top. I only did a rough sanding on the top because I knew I would be repainting it.
I rough sanded the top with an 80 grit sanding block and then a 120 grit sanding block.
I used a combination of my power sander and hand sanding for the rest of the piece.
Once I had everything sanded down the way I wanted it I stained the drawers and let them dry over night. After staining the drawers I used my stencil to apply a design to the front of the two larger drawers. I painted the base in between staining the drawers and adding the stenciled design.