Pre pic. Lots of lacquer.
Apply stripping agent to remove varnish.
Covered top of dresser.
What I used
Scraped off after I saw crackling of finish.
I sanded with fine sand paper to complete the top. Left is area yet to be sanded.
After sanding top, sides and front.6 hours later....
Ughhh now the drawers.
Hours later.... Used sander a bit and hand sanded many of the grooves and angles.
Used a roller to apply thin coats of paint.
When finished painting, I added polycrylic to entire dresser to seal paint.