My daughter was given an antique dresser that came from her great-grandmother's. It was painted white. We always suspected that it was made of oak underneath. I volunteered to refinish the dresser. Here it is after it's first application of stripping gel. That stuff is gross. I had to use my industrial strength gloves
I found out stripping a well painted dresser is not an easy feat. It took a couple applications of stripper and lots of scraping. I could feel my biceps protesting after a couple hours.