Paint can transform a piece of furniture. Behold this chest of drawers from a thrift shop. It wore an odd whitewash sort of finish. I couldn't tell if it was intentional or a project gone bad.
I lightly sanded the chest, then applied a coat of latex primer. Because the chest was going in a room with wallpapered walls, I kept the paint scheme a simple black and grey. I used Behr latex paint in "Beluga" and "Porpoise." The marine mammal theme of the paint names was entirely unintentional. ;)
Adding decorative knobs dressed up the drawers without making the piece too busy. Because I use the chest as a dressing table, the top needs to withstand constant use and the heat from my curling iron. A large glass cutting board which has rubber edges to keep it from sliding has worked perfectly.