Here are some old yucky shelves I inherited from my husbands grandmother. I had considered getting rid of them, but was inspired to try to paint them. You can see that someone tried to spray paint her brown, but wasn't exactly sure what they were doing. In a time before there were blogs to see "how to" do something what did our ancestors do?
Anyhow, I took her out back and primed her up and spray painted her Rustoleums "Heirloom White". I also add some bead board wallpaper I bought from here
I think it turned out pretty good, considering how awful it was before.
By the way, has anyone ever had a numb finger after spray painting? My finger was numb for weeks afterward!