Anyways, back to the chest. It could stand to be refinished, but for now it's hanging out as my little bar area in the dining room, alongside my other Craigslist score awhile back (the mercury glass lamps).
I'm not sure it's in the right spot, though. It's not a huge piece, but it does compete with all the other dark wood of the dining table and chairs and the tall bookcase (see third image).
Should it go here instead on its own wall?
I think it's a nice piece as is. There are definitely a few scratches, and I need to add the brass hardware to the right side (3rd drawer down), but overall it's in pretty decent shape. The top will be covered up anyways. What do you think, keep it au naturel or paint it white or a fun color? I already have a lime green couch and yellow curtains, so I don't want to go too bold!