A few weeks ago, I did some painting on an old Depression-era armoire. It was very dark stained wood, and we did a fresh, light makeover on it, with some handpainted details.
here is the before photo of it:
and here is the inspiration photo of what we were going for. I didn't want to cover the entire thing with detailing, like this, but we loved the floral detailing.
here is my after:
it took about 5 coats of paint to get that piece fully white. and that includes 2 coats of oil-based primer! those old stains love coming through paint - they don't want to be squelched. :)
Anyway, after we got it all white, I did the hand-painted detailing, which was really fun. I topped it all off with a wax sealer.
I think she's going to get some pretty glass knobs for the drawer and door.