Well, this piece was not originally going to be black. I was thinking that it would be lovely in white... that seems to be my favorite colour. However, the top was so bad that I had to sand it down to the bare wood. As soon as I applied the primer, it instantly turned pink. Now, normally I like pink, but not so in this case! So, I decided it wasn't going to be worth my effort to apply an infinite number of white coats and so black it became. I am actually happy with how it turned out and think it looks kind of classy. There may be more black paint in my future!
Here is a before picture. I shared this picture before in this post.
As you can see, it was a very reddish wood.
I kept the original pull.
I applied a coat of minwax to protect the finish.