Imagine it with me. It was all the same color as that darker brown in this picture. That blank middle section was 3 drawers. The lattice pattern on the left drawer is from a plastic, wood look panel that was screwed on top. All 3 of the top drawers had this with no drawer pulls.
So I had him cut some scrap bead board to fit inside and then I painted the whole thing white. I left the drawer handles because I liked them. I then removed the handle-less drawers and replaced them with 2 of the handled ones. It worked well enough as a desk for my little girl, but after a while I wanted to get a real desk for her. I decided to use this in my sewing room to store crap in, and as a work surface. My original thought was to Mod Podge some pages from an old book onto it. You can see here on the left and side where I started to. I didn't care for it, so I scraped it off. (the old lattice drawer is just there for the before pic)
For the drawers I decided MP a red ticking fabric onto the fronts. You can sort of see it in the picture above, on the bottom right corner. I added several layers of MP and did a light sanding between coats with a super fine steel wool. This made it nice and smooth.
And here is the finished product!
And here are some before and after pics.
Thrifty Decor Chick