I've started refinishing my dresser. Here are the steps I've taken so far, steps you, too, could take if you'd like to refinish something:
1. Take everything off the top of it and out of the drawers, and put those things somewhere else (on top of the dog crate and in some garbage bags, in my case).
2. Take off the handles. Keep the handles and hardware in a bag together (also on top of the dog crate), but contemplate buying new, outrageously overpriced ones from Anthropologie.
(Interlaced Twigs Handle, only $18 apiece)
3. Lay down drop cloth outside.
4. Set drawers outside.
5. Drag dresser outside.
6. Apply Citristrip all over dresser. Citristrip is a theoretically non-toxic paint stripper made from orange peels. It's an orange goo, and I think it smells good, kind of like futuristic Push-Ups. It should be applied in thick coats -comparable to how much Nutella any normal person would apply to a slice of bread.
7. After 30-45 minutes, start scraping it off with a putty knife. If the paint doesn't want to come all the way off, apply more Citristrip.
That's where I am now. I'm going to apply more goo to the un-scraped pieces tomorrow, then start washing and sanding. It's all very exciting, though a little unnerving, as a ton of my stuff is now in plastic bags scattered throughout my living room and kitchen, and my dresser is dissembled on my deck, covered in goo. There's no going back (though the thought of dragging it to the curb and buying a new dresser has flitted through my mind once or twice...).