The top looked as if had been spending time with some kind of animal.
I sanded off the old finish as far as I could go. Although you could still see a faint hint of the deepest scratches.
If something like that happens, I have learned that if I stain with Minwax Dark Walnut, the stain settles into those spots and highlights them. So instead I stain with either dark wax or for a lighter color, coconut oil (which is what I did).
You are able to give some color to the wood and it doesn't highlight the imperfections.
I changed the hardware to that French provincial handle. It was the perfect size, but very dirty. I soaked it in ammonia to clean it.
I finished up by distressing the paint with a sanding sponge and sealing it with Minwax Finishing Paste.
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