Here is a re-done end table that I painted awhile ago. I actually think its considered a Piano Bench since the top folds up. This was my 1st piece I painted black and for some reason I had the hardest time with it. You can still see on the inside the poly was making white streaks. I think I painted and re-painted this piece 3 times!
I painted the table with a regular gloss paint, I used Valspar New Black. Like I said before I had to paint several coats, and then lightly finished it with a coat of poly.