When I'm doing 'black lacquer' furniture, I 'paint' it with black permanent marker rather than paint.
Painted with black marker:
In place below the bedroom window:
The bedroom in the Bombay house. Still have to dress the bed but haven't decided what colour to use. The carpet also needs to be taped in place but won't be doing that until I wire the house. (The wiring has worked it's way to near the top of my 'to-do' list.)