I painted an old stereo cabinet that could also be used as a nightstand last week. The color was darker when I painted it, but lightened slightly as it dried. I also sanded it to get any clumps out of the paint and give the piece a smooth finish. After this the color looked way different than before the sanding. It was now much lighter and has a more cottage/waeathered feel. Here is what it looked like after being waxed with SC Johnson Paste Wax. Click here to see the original post and more pictures.