Because I don't have a TV, I have alot of free time. So I do things like this.
First up, a heat lamp (?) thing that I found in my basement after the Great Flood of the Spring. Hence the crud.
Pow! Cleaning ninja strikes again. Scrubby + plenty of hose action and a dash of Brasso and it's super shiny and lovely.
Detail shot of rusty crud
Now it just has "patina"
It took alot. But, the drawer faces were laminate and the top/sides were covered in poly, so no "original finish" was harmed during the production of this project.
Start: Wash it down and lightly sand the surfaces. Go to Home Depot and get a sample of Behr Premium Ultra interior flat in "Manuscript".
Chicken out and just paint the drawer fronts. Contemplate just the gray for a while. Wonder how hard it would be to remove the integral handles. Look for long drawer pulls on the interwebs. Gasp at the prices.
Hunt around for more things to paint "Antique Gold". Bingo! Antique plant stand that's been in my family forever. It's inlaid wood veneer top was ruined years ago by water, and the top has been ugly ever since. Martha to the rescue!
So I don't have a better picture than this, but the whole top and cross braces and interior face of the legs were painted, and now it's gorgeous again. Win.