Check this post out from the Frosted Gardner. http://frostedgardner.blogspot.com/2011/03/frosted-gardner-1000-follower-giveaway.html. They take drab furniture pieces and turn them into fabulous works of art.
They have inspired me to redo a table I picked up at Goodwill. Here's the link http://yfrog.com/h4a14trj. I am thinking I will redo it in black.