Most furniture at the big box stores sucks balls. Instead, painted found furniture is so much more chic and environmentally friendly.
Seek wood or metal odds-and-ends at your local thrift store or junk shop. Choose paint in bright colors that pop.
Invest in a good hand sander which will make refinishing your finds easy instead of tedious.
Be bold in your color choices. Matching is for cowards.
An unexpectedly colorful side table can freshen a room for a minimal investment.
If your style sways more Pottery Barn, try matte black paint or even high gloss.