If you’re using an older dresser, apply pre-stain conditioner to help the stain penetrate the wood more evenly. Allow 5-15 minutes for the conditioner to penetrate, then wipe the surface with a lint-free rag.
Stir the stain well (don’t shake the can). Pretest the color in a hidden spot.
Stain the dresser with the main stain first, using a natural bristle brush (always go with the grain of the wood).
Wait 5-15 minutes for the stain to penetrate.
Stain the individual drawers with the three additional colors.
Allow stain to completely dry (about four hours).
While wearing rubber gloves, use a lint-free rag to wipe in the direction of the wood grain, removing excess stain and blending the lighter/darker areas. For a darker color, wait two hours and repeat the application process.
Apply a thin coat of polyurethane topcoat in the direction of the wood grain. Wait two hours to dry.