I could spend a great deal of time telling you all you need to know about painting furniture. And I will tell you what I do on the pieces I feature.
But before you tackle your first paint job, take time to scroll through this website. Paintedfurnitureideas.com
The information there is wonderful and VERY helpful!
Not sure I agree with ALL the information they provide, but I will always stress the points I think are mega important! Like tack cloth...can't stress it enough!
Another great tip I haven't seen on their site....
If you are trying to clean any hardware (knobs, cabinet pulls, etc) drop them in a crock pot full of water, add a little liquid detergent, turn it on high and let them soak...the longer the better. Most paint and crud will just melt off!
Give it a shot. And make sure you drop by paintedfurnitureideas.com!