After wiping it down, removing the old hardware, taping the glass doors and painting it white, I headed out for some knobs and pulls. I went to Home Depot and found absolutely nothing worthwhile. (I didn't think I would, but I hated not to give it a chance.) Then, I remembered seeing vintage styled knobs at T.J. Maxx for super cheap the week before. I popped over there and found some that would be perfect. The piece, however, used pulls and knobs and there were no pulls. I knew this was a problem but after a quick consultation with my sister-in-law to get her opinion, we agreed that putting knobs in each of the two holes meant for a pull would look great. T.J. Maxx didn't have enough of any one knob for the whole piece though so, I chose two complimentary but different knobs and decided to strategically mix them.
Lilly helped wipe them down and after about 5 minutes was pretty over the idea of helping. But, we talked about where the piece came from and how she could pass it down to her daughter some day and maybe they would repaint it and she could make her daughter help. Then, when she whined she could tell her about how she whined too when her mom (me) made her do the same thing so many years ago. We talked about the idea of a family heirloom and it made her a much more willing participant.