Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Protective Finish in “Clear Gloss” (found at any home improvement center) Safecoat Acrylacq (which is a low-VOC, non-toxic and super green alternative sold at eco boutiques or online)
Now this is brilliant. Old dresser cut down,replace the top of dresser to fit over where you cut it down to, add a cushion and now you have a bench with a pull out drawer non-the-less! Brilliant wouldn't you say. LOTS OF OTHER BEFORE & AFTERS TOO!