With a little more effort, you can make a dresser of other furniture. For example, remove the doors on a dresser, divide the space with shelving and add wicker baskets that can be slid out. Or use baskets as boxes on a shelf. If the top of a cabinet is too damaged, replace it with a new one. Reuse a small double as a vanity double pedestal desk mounting a large mirror framed on the back.
If the double pedestal desk is unpainted and made of a beautiful wood like teak, give it some attention. Remove the hardware and clean it. Slightly sandpaper to raise the grain, followed by a layer or two of tong oil to perform the chip. For a surprise inside, paint the bottom drawer of a bright color. If the cabinet has molding, painting using black and white or color to highlight a fine brushes.
If the double pedestal desk is already painted, the old paint used as a basis for a distressed finish. Sand, clean and repaint the dresser. Once dry, use a coarse sandpaper or steel wool along the edges and handles, which are areas that would sustain wear. This treatment reveals old paint, giving it a well worn look. Also can distress the hardware with some sandpaper or steel wool, followed by a little dark spot.