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!
French Provincial-- I used "nickel" colored spray paint from Lowe's. The best metallic paint I've found that doesn't come in a spray can is the Ralph Lauren collection at Home Depot. For the trim, I went to a Joann store and they had a pretty big selection of metallic paints there.