When I got this entertainment center it was a VERY drab off-white with quite a few dings and some loose trim.
I sanded it and then used some acetone to clean any remaining debri from the surface and make the minor repairs. Then I primed it and painted it. I did this with a "press board" hutch and china cabinet that I'd had for 15 or 16 years and even embleished it with some little ivy leaves. After I'd painted that one I used the same green paint that is on the walls of the livingroom and kind of washed it to appear aged, but with green. I turned out very well. I'd oringinally planned to do the same with this project, but it will be going to the new house and it's primary color is blue, so I left it simply "new'" off-white.