This is the vanity that I re-did for my DD12's room. (Yes, the stool is being recaned!). The bedroom set was brown, old, imperfect finish and a bit marred from years in a non climate controlled storage.
DD12 picked out Greek Blue paint, Annie Sloane brand. You just paint it on, no sanding, no priming, nothing. I did the dresser, vanity, headboard and stool all within 3 days.
The set took 2 coats of paint on each piece. After the paint dryed (quick drying, less than 2 hours between coats), I hit the edges of the furniture and a few other spots with sandpaper to "distress" it. Then I put a clear coat of Annie Sloane wax over top (gives it a smooth, non scratch finish) let the wax dry (about 30 minutes), buffed it and I was done.
Annie Sloane also makes a dark wax that gives the paint an antiqued look. DD wasn't fond of that look but I am going to try it on one of my living room pieces.
Also, you don't have to distress the paint, you can simply paint it on and wax it. DD liked the distressed look so that's what we went with.
And here is the dresser, though the colors are a bit washed out b/c of the flash on my camera.
Here is the bed. These are pretty true colors.
"May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it." ~ Irish Toast