I find it easier to paint furniture with drawers out and the doors off. I always wonder why anyone would EVER use flat head screws! It seems it was all the rage when these older pieces were made. Did Phillip not invent his screws until the 90's?
As always, I lightly sanded the piece and primed it with a tinted primer.
I applied my base coat with my favorite self leveling (and self tinted) paint. Sorry, I'm not a big fan of rolling paint on furniture. Even the foam rollers leave a bit of texture to me. I would rather rake leaves with a rake and sand by hand. Not a big fan of the power tools. But I do love my washer and dryer. Front loaders in terracotta.
After two coats of my base paint dried, I applied my black glaze. I mix that myself as well. Usually a 1:5 or 1:6 ratio of paint to glaze. I spread it around with my brush then soften and buff it with a large piece of cheesecloth.
After finishing the glazing and allowing it to dry overnight, I was able to finish the piece with polyurethane. Satin polyurethane is too shiny for my taste and flat is sometime too flat. So, I mix them to get the sheen that I like. Usually 2/3 satin to 1/3 flat does the trick. This piece looks amazing in her foyer! Sorry I don't have that photo to show you, but here's the finally product!
Don't you have an old piece that would look amazing updated? If you don't have a clue what you would do, I can help you with ideas and colors. I have TONS of ideas!