I sanded it, and sealed it inside and out twice with shellac drawers and everything because it had a cigarette smell. Now, I didn't notice this when I bought it, otherwise I would have passed. Then I sanded it again and proceeded to paint it with chalk paint.
The top section was curved and I wanted to accent that feature, which is why I went with the two tone. Black on top and white on the bottom. I purchased small, white knobs for the two top drawers and contrasting black ones on the bottom. The inside of the drawers had seen better days so I added a modern liner. I sealed this piece with wax for a soft buttery feel.