If you're new to painting, I would HIGHLY recommend visiting All Things Thrifty and read her post Painting Furniture Hmmm. Love the black top with the black accents and white. It would tie in the black bed frame.
Turning a Dresser Drawer into a Planter Tutorial - Planter made from a end table with the top taken off. There are several ways to keep the wood on the bottom of the drawer from rotting out. Here's the website address to a tutorial for one of them.
Before and after on how an old chest of drawers was covered with faux silver-leaf finish using regular aluminum foil, wallpaper paste, and black acrylic paint glaze. Could use looking glass spray paint too!