I purchased this bureau at a tag sale several years ago. I was drawn to it because I liked (and still do) the worn look of the drawer facades. I was going to paint the tan part but never got around to it.
We are (hopefully) going to be painting the living room back to the creamy white we painted it when we first moved in (and I then decided was too boring - oh how my style has evolved since then!) so I'm revisiting this bureau. I have a few days off next week and hope to tackle this project. I'm going to replace the drawer pulls (I think with clamshell style pulls) but I'm still puzzling over what to do with the rest of the bureau and if I should do anything at all.
I think I'm going to leave the drawers as is, they were the reason I loved this piece to begin with. The tan part - what do you think? Paint it? What color? Distress it? I was thinking of doing one coat of brown and then a second coat of ivory and distressing. Or should I just leave well enough alone?