After searching every furniture outlet in the area and stalking furniture listings on Craig's List, Lauren and I ran across this find.
It was at a little garage sale and needed major attention. The bones were good... solid oak drawer construction, cherry wood exterior, dove tail joints, original brass handles. The owner was only asking $15 for it (my mouth probably hit the ground, so much for a poker face). It even had a matching twin companion dresser... in much worse condition priced at $5. We splurged and purchased both, then headed to the hardware store for sandpaper, wood glue, wood putty, primer, clamps and paint.
Lauren was such a trooper. We sanded for hours in the heat, she didn't complain once. The $5 twin dresser sacrificed drawer stops, drawers, and handles to restore the much nicer $15 find.
All said, the entire project cost $30 with supplies and some elbow grease. Not too shabby.