|opps! no real before picture. Don't mind the messy background.|
Anyway, a few of them recommended a product by Rustoleum, Furniture Transformations, I did the glazed charcoal. It was fairly easy, the instructions spell it out for you. You use the step one cleaning, step 2 the basecoat, step three the glaze, step 4 the sealer. Everything but the brush come in the little kit. You have to have it tinted at the store, so don't leave without doing that first. I think I was a little confused on that one. I did buy some cheap plastic cups to put the paint in for ease.
I am pleased with the finished product.