Isn't it lovely? I love that curve. But you can also see some of the nicks and scratches along the front and the top was very scratched and even had some old crusty junk on it.
Here's a close-up of some of the damage on the bottom.
As you can see, some of the veneer (?) was coming up and in some places it was completely missing. I (briefly) considered doing something to replace the missing veneer, but thought that it wouldn't be that noticeable once it was covered with paint. I used some Gorilla glue to glue down that one piece that was coming up and that worked great.
I took out the drawers in preparation for painting and noticed that they had a faint musty/smoky smell, so I wiped them out using a vinegar/water solution and left them out in the sun. It worked like a charm, no more musty smell.
Obviously this did not happen recently. I haven't seen the sun in days!
Since this was my first time attempting to paint a piece of furniture, I didn't want to be too ambitious, so I decided to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The good thing about this paint is that there is virtually no prep work involved. I didn't have to do any sanding and I was able to paint directly onto the wood. I did have one exception, because of that crustiness that was on the top of the dresser, I decided to sand just the top using my little palm sander. I wanted to make sure I had a smooth surface once the paint was on.
After much deliberation, I decided to go with the 32 ounce can of the French Linen.
The hardware had kind of a tarnished gold look to them that was not pretty, so I just spray painted them with some oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.
So here's the after! (The lighting was kind of wonky, but in real life, the color is pretty true to the second picture below.)
I lined the top 6 drawers with a pretty watercolor wrapping paper (I think I got it from Target?). I've heard of some people using Modge Podge to glue the liner down and to make it more durable. I didn't want to do something that permanent since I might want to switch out the liner in the future, so I just taped it down for now. So far, it has held up great.
And here it is with some linens inside.