I was recently given a old sewing table with three drawers and two compartments on the side that open from the top. It had been painted black with stencilled decorations. I wanted to repaint it, and planned to, but my husband decided that I had too much to do already with all my Christmas preparations and he did it for me! I just chose the paint color and the knobs. He did a much better job than I would have too. He took off the old hinges and got all the old paint off of them. And he sanded it all very well, revealing that the table originally had a varnished finish, and then primed and painted. It was a very thorough job and it looks really nice! I am using it to hold my knitting supplies and smaller sewing notions.