After purchasing the paint and removing the original hardware, we gave it a light sanding with fine grade sandpaper and wiped it clean with a tack cloth. Once it was free of dust we painted on two coats of a pretty blue paint and let it dry over night. If you don’t want to waste the tinted paint, you can always prime first. Since we were only painting this one piece we decided to use the tinted paint for both coats.
At this point we realized it needed something more than just a new paint job. I happened to have some Anaglypta, paintable wallpaper, on hand that I had purchased for another project so I grabbed that. Our daughter thought new glass hardware would be pretty too, so I bought two knobs and two pulls, drilling new holes in the bottom two drawers to fit the new pulls. We were in a hurry and since we were covering the flat front panels of the drawers we didn’t bother to fill the old holes.
If you do need to fill the holes I recommend cutting a wooden dowel just smaller and shorter than the hole. Cover the outside of dowel with a bit of wood glue, slip into place and let dry according to the directions on the bottle. Once dry, fill in any remaining space with wood filler. Let that dry, then sand smooth. This of course is best done before you paint.