Have you considered how painting those objects could transform them completely? Instead of just serving a practical purpose in the background, you can turn them into the focal point of the room. In fact, all the aesthetics of the room could change simply by that painted furniture.
To give you some help, there are inspirations in the color of the paint that these old and used booksellers and dressers can take and make them something worth talking about.
With a bit of elbow grease, you will have easily given the dresser or bookseller, and the entire room, a completely new aesthetic.