Before. An old apartment from about 5 years ago. Had to really dig to find a before picture!
I sanded all the exposed wood (the longest part off the project). Then painted the body gray with an oil based porch and floor paint. It shines and is really durable and has great coverage over the black. I painted polyurethane over the stained areas for extra protection. New silver pulls at the end and it's done!
I love how it turned out! In fact i had so much fun working on this piece I'm re-doing another in my garage. I have a notebook full of ideas to work on around the house and will be sharing them frequently. So come on back and see me!