First and foremost is the prep. Regardless of what paint you're using, the prep is necessary. Don't fall for the "No Prep" gimmicks. I love to use Frenchic's Sugar Soap to clean my pieces before painting. It gets rid of all of the dirt, grime, and years of built up residue. Just spray it on, wipe it down. If it's a really dirty piece, use a scrubbing sponge and really get in there! Then do a quick wipe down with plain water. Once the piece is dry, make any necessary repairs and do a scuff sand over the entire piece using 220 grit sandpaper. This piece had a faux finish on it and painted flowers on the front that were raised a bit, so I had to sand down most of the piece to make it smooth. The top was completely sanded down to bare wood and stained with Retique It's Dark Walnut gel stain. Just wipe it on, then wipe off the excess.
To repair the corners, I used the hot glue and Bondo technique that I've shown a few times before. I made a hot glue mold of the top edge and corners, filled with Bondo, smooshed it into place, then sanded and shaped. Here is a link to one of my other tutorials that goes more into depth about the process http://www.hometalk.com/44250170/how-to-rescue-an-antique-dresser-that-was-destined-for-the-trash</p" target="_blank">http://www.hometalk.com/44250170/how-to-rescu...>