What if you spray the metal bits cream and then distress/chip them? As well you could strip the wood bits and refinish them to an oaky colour (kinda like this http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KG7xrNfNVFs/ToqloN5LZkI/AAAAAAAALyE/YFOeXdripm4/s1600/DSC_0230.JPG). I would also add some sort of floral round cushions to the seats - the type that tie onto the backs. Those are the best ideas I can think of - unfortunately you're starting quite a way away from the look you want to finish with. Good luck!
I'm not sure about the rest of your decor, but check out http://www.paintmewhite.com/ This lady paints a lot of furniture with fabulous results and you just might get some inspiration. Also, I agree with the suggestion of filling the holes and sanding the drawer fronts so that you can use whatever hardware you choose.