If you're new to painting, I would HIGHLY recommend visiting All Things Thrifty and read her post Painting Furniture 101. This is where I started and I am sooo thankful for this post to set me in the right direction. Check out her piano transformation here! it is TO DIE FOR!
Also on these boards
Lots of Great Handmade Furniture – 41 DIY Furniture Projects. Link to the actual website is near the bottom of this blog post.
magnetic forks - love this idea too!
Spray paint furniture