After: A Fresh Coat
To the rescue: Farrow & Ball paint! One coat of primer plus two coats of Stiffkey blue in dead flat, and my old college pal seemed brand-new. Anthropologie's leather-and-metal drawer pulls finished off the job. New artwork—AM by Permanent Press Editions, and Matthew Korbel-Bowers' Beast Coast from Artfully Walls—freshened up my dresser-top vignette, and a vintage basket from Adaptations NY made a great home for my potted staghorn fern.