If youre 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!
Wood Veneer Strips Woven Lamp from: Poppytalk: DIY With Bookhou. I'm not a fan of the lamp, but like the idea of working with wood veneer strips. This could be the material I was looking for for the wooden decorative ball.