Sorry, I'm cheating... I actually have two questions!
I love the idea of a vintage card catalog in my bedroom to store my things, but I would want to paint it black.
Here are my two concerns:
1) I've never painted anything before: how hard is it to paint something black?
(I assume that I would just need to sand it, prime it, and then paint it?) I'd want a high-gloss finish.
2) I'm also planning on buying (new) nightstands, in wood with a black finish.
Would it look awkward to juxtapose the two?
Thanks in advance -- I'm decorating my first (!) bedroom, and it's a little overwhelming!