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!
READ THIS BEFORE PAINTING ANYTHING!!!! How to paint over glossy furniture WITHOUT SANDING! Excellent, detailed instructions on WHICH PRIMER to use, which PAINT to use & other IMPORTANT TIPS & INSTRUCTIONS!