Here is such a piece I recently did in my client's daughters bedroom. We decided the width of the wall really dictated a wider than normal dresser. We talked big box stores, but then the choices for finish would be limited. Wood stain would darken the compact room too much, and white just seem a bit blah.
As luck would have it, I found the perfect dresser on Craigslist almost immediately. It had lovely traditional lines that complimented the vintage bed handed down to my client, and once painted, it wouldn't seem so serious for the pre-teen and toddler sisters sharing the room.
I selected a two-tone semi-gloss lacquer treatment for the dresser to liven it up. To keep the room light and airy, I chose the body color to be one shade darker than the wall color, Sherwin Williams Enchant, while the drawers were painted Sherwin Williams Heavenly White. Most of the original hardware was kept but sprayed silver, and I found some whimsical knobs at Anthropologie for the center drawers.
Here is the revitalized piece in the room: