I finished the sewing table/nightstand. Very little sewing is probably going to occur, so let's just call it a nightstand. Here's the before. So someone at some point in time, really thought this looked okay? I'm guessing it was Kenmore, since that's the sewing machine inside.
Try to ignore the dirty baseboards and stained carpet.
First I brushed on two coats of primer. I didn't sand it or anything because it's veneer, so what's to sand? I slapped on the two coats, not trying to cover completely. In fact, I totally forgot to paint the inside of one section. You'll see in a minute.
Then I spray painted the antique white base color. This took one coat, with a few touch-ups here and there. Again, because I knew I was applying a glaze, I wasn't shooting for perfection. By the way, I totally recommend using Rustoleum spray paint over the others. The nozzle is practically mess free, and you can even hold the can upside down!
Next was the really fun part - the black glaze. You brush it on and wipe it off. I think the only way you could mess this up would be to glaze too big a section at a time and therefore let it sit too long before wiping it off. If that happens, you'll just get a darker color. So here it is:
See that inside dark brown section on the right that I FORGOT TO PAINT? I'm too lazy to drag it back downstairs and out to the garage to care.
I can ogle at furniture and design catalogs endlessly, but the fact remains that on my currently unemployed budget, Home Depot is going to win out over Pottery Barn.