I bought this chest of drawers resale for my client Amanda's master bedroom to serve as a nightstand. It is Ethan Allen from the Baumritter line, which was made in Vermont. My grandparent's had a bookcase wall of this line of cabinet that I think dates back to the 1960's. The cabinet was in good shape, but it actually had a ton of scratches that you can't see in the picture above.
I prefer to paint furniture with oil (alkyd) paint, as it gives a more even and harder finish once completely dried. Usually, I go with a higher end brand paint, however recently Home Depot started carrying this line of oil paints by Rustoleum. I don't usually do a glossy finish, but decided to try my hand at the lacquered look.
The cost of this quart of Rustoleum was about a third of what an alkyd paint quart costs from Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore. There is not a wide color selection and they can not mix colors for you in the store, but for this chest, the smoke gray seemed the perfect choice.
I used a 4" smooth foam roller to apply, and between coats ran a 320 grit fine sanding block over the piece. The paint was a tiny bit thinner than what I am used to with oils, but after 5 coats I was please with the finish.