Yay! Design*Sponge liked my before and after chairs, as did a number of readers, judging by the nice comments.
Here's a before and after with a funny story.
This wee cabinet was left in my apartment by the last tenant. I loved the crazy woodgrain doors and the modern shape. However, it was dirty and stained, the finish was chipping, and I did not like the door color.
On the way to the shop to sand it down and paint the doors that same BM Black paint, one door FLEW OUT OF THE TRUCK (!??!) on the freeway. I had a small tantrum because many other things had been going wrong, and then got out the sander and went to work. I cut a piece of plywood the size of the door, sanded the whole piece, put a clear satin finish on it, and painted the remaining door. I really love the outcome, though the plywood finish is a little lighter. Before I polyurethaned the piece, they matched exactly! Oh well.