here are some 'after' photos of the furniture i painted this weekend. they're not the best, since i had really poor lighting by the end of the rainy day, but my client was pleased, and i think they came out nicely :) they definitely are much happier, and not so dated, drab, and dark! she ended up buying new hardware, so that helped a bit with the "dated"-ness (you can see the old "long" hardware sitting on top of the dresser in this photo).
here is my only "before" photo: (the project included a long dresser, tall dresser, and two nightstands.)
after: it has a sort of beachy, washed-finish now, and made a big difference in the dark room.