I get a lot of questions asking how I paint furniture, so I thought I would do a little post to about it.
I now have a spray gun and use lacquer for all my projects, but before that, I used spraypaint. Unless you're refinishing a lot it's more economical than buying a sprayer. I LOVE it! You get a great, professional looking finish and it's much more durable than latex paint. I really like the advice on this blog, and I don't see the need to restate everything she has already said. She also has some video tutorials on glazing and spray painting which are great.
Try to avoid buying pieces that someone has already painted. They end up being a lot more work! Usually the paint needs to be sanded down or stripped completely because not everyone preps their pieces properly and then the paint just doesn't stick. And, there are usually brush marks and drips and chips and it's just a mess I like to avoid. :)
Please email me if you have any specific questions about refinishing. I'm always happy to answer any questions. :)