I wish to heck I'd had the sense to take a 'before' picture, but I didn't. Imagine unfinished pine with round pine knobs...the dresser was a relic from my graduate school days, banished to a shed years ago and rescued Sunday morning.
This is the 'after' picture.
My mother made the boys beautiful matching bedspreads and curtains as part of their Christmas gift, mostly in navy and light blues and white with accents of red, with the spreads quilted in a star pattern. (Bless the woman, she has lovingly and skillfully sewn every curtain in my house and all but one current bedcovering!) The boys' other furniture is dark brown oak, and I was not about to try to match it exactly with stain--that way lies madness--so instead I painted the salvaged dresser cherry red to bring out the red accents in the fabric and replaced the old knobs with new white ceramic ones. It looks pretty good, if I do say so myself...certainly a big improvement over its former state!
And it has enough room to hold all Thing Two's folding clothes, even better--leaving Thing One with more than enough room for his in the old dresser. Sometimes, instead of picking your battles, it is just better to make the battle unnecessary in the first place!