When I refinished my bedside table, I loved everything about it except the worn out handles. I knew they would not be easy to replace. The shape was great but the finish was pathetic.
My easy (and free) solution was to use what I had on hand to add a new finish to the handles.
In the photo below, the handle on the far left is the original finish. It was worn and uneven. I rubbed on some gold acrylic paint over the finish but I didn't try to get it into every crevice (middle handle). After that layer dried, I lightly rubbed on some silver acrylic paint (far right). I didn't worry about the finish being perfect because I wanted it to look vintage. Lastly, I brushed on a water based sealant. If I was using it on an often used handle, like in a kitchen or bath, I'd have used a poly product to hold up better.
I tend to jump into projects when I get an idea in my head, so I sometimes don't get around to using proper tools. Case in point: using my fingers and pieces of paper towels to paint my handles. But hey, it works! So if you see me in person, don't question why I have paint in my fingernails.
A nice surprise was finding out that the new handles match the finish on my bedside lamp.