I opted to paint the sides and legs white to match the top. I felt like the white would frame out the drawers. I just gave it a light sanding and then painted it a semi-gloss white. With a little TLC and some Zap! Professional Wood Restorer, I cleaned up the drawer fronts. They really have some nice wood grain and color to them. It mirrors the family silhouette with the chocolate brown framed in white.
I kept the original hardware, partly because I wasn't sure what to replace it with and party because I like the brass color. I tend to lean toward silver and pewter accents, a little brass seemed like a fun change.
I'm loving the opportunity to style the top of this piece of furniture. I put out some of my favorite picture books, some fun things from my travels, and a new retro shaped lamp (see below). It will be fun to change up things with different seasons and holidays.
Mercury glass lamp - Home Goods
Hand Made Recycled Glass Bowl - Fire and Light
Antique Quill and Ink Holder - bought in Yemen
Porcelain Painted Elephant - Mlesna Tea, bought in Sri Lanka
Basket Tray - bought in Papua New Guinea
Chubby Brown Vase - leftover product from a shop I owned a few years ago (Mango)
Assorted Books - collected over the years
Now doesn't that look better? I'm actually kind of embarrassed of the look I had before (or lack of look I should say).