I lucked out with this American of Martinsville dresser; the drawer fronts were in good condition and didn't need refinishing. I cleaned them up with a shot of Howard's Orange oil and they were good to go. Behind each drawer front was a back panel that was held on by several screws. I removed and painted them along with the frame in General Finishes Antique White after sanding and priming. All painted surfaces are protected with several coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in a satin finish.
This project is a great example of how small changes can make a big difference. With the back plate and the frame face painted Antique White, the beauty of the inlaid veneer pattern really can be fully appreciated.