project- staining pine dresser
i was given a dresser that appears to be varnished pine plywood. i stripped off (or so i thought)all the varnish & after choosing a stain, applied it to a drawer front. there was still varnish there- although i couldn't see it. the stain didn't absorb in one spot, was blotchy in others & the sides look like crap w/the multiple layers. i'm afraid if i sand much more, i'll take off too much of the top layer.
on hgtv, i saw them do a paint then gel stain over on a tabletop & it looked good. of course they make everything look easy, but i wonder if anyone's ever tried that?
or maybe i'll just paint it. how do i prime this thing for painting so the paint won't peel off?