Decorating & Furniture/Painting a buffet


I have a wood buffet which is veneer covered. I would like to paint it that beautiful black color I see on so much furniture in the Pottery Barn catalogue. It has a slight sheen but is not shiny per se and sometimes it is distressed around the edges of the drawers and doors. Do I use a black laquer? Do I use latex paint then a clear satin varnish? And whatever I use, would I use the same technique on a small tab;e which is right now painted?  

You must first sand the surface, then clean it with a slightly damp cloth (to remove any grit), then prime with KILZ (available at Home Depot/Lowes) and allow that to dry overnight.  Use a black lacquer paint, apply two coats and then varnish for a high luster.


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