These last few stages took a while. I painted it with several coats of polyurethane, sanding lightly between coats, and re-staining parts that got a little too much taken off. We had a real problem when it came to handles. The old handles were three and a half inches across and all the new handles are three. I think we looked in three or four hardware stores and online as well. Finally, we settled for these--because they were the only ones in the store that would do, since the plate covers the old holes and we could drill new holes for the handle. I also spray painted the white, plastic-looking shelves so they would fade into the background better.
Anyway, when I look at the many flawed areas, and the less than perfect job of rushed sanding and sealing, I manage to console myself by remembering what the thing looked liked before all this. And when I wish the handles matched a little better, I take a look at the former handles--especially the one on the bottom drawer, and I sigh. It does look lovely now.