This is the Craigslist photo of the dresser I found.
Close-up of the hardware.
I picked up the same color spray paint as LGN, Safety Red. She also suggested purchasing a nozzle attachment for the can. This totally saved my hand. I made the mistake of not priming the dresser, which made the project take a lot longer and used a lot more paint. Lesson learned for next time.
After removing all of the hardware (12 drawers is a lot!) the dresser got about 4 cans-worth of spray paint. I noticed some bubbling on top so I did some sanding and spraying. There is still a little, but it's not noticeable.When I was satisfied with the red, I applied a coat of Wipe-On Poly. You can find this at any hardware or craft store. It's just like it sounds - take a rag and wipe this stuff on. When it's fully dry it's really nice and glossy. A little goes a long way.