One problem with painting or refinishing wood furniture is that whenever you paint it, the part touching the ground always misses the paint or becomes a problem to paint evenly because it sticks as soon as you paint it. One easy way to get around it: Tack a small nail into the feet of the furniture to get it up off of the ground or your work surface so you can get under it and paint it evenly as well.
The tip actually comes from Martha Stewart: small nails in the feet of a a chair or stand that you're painting will keep it just off the ground so you can get a paintbrush underneath. That way you can paint the underside with ease, and just leave it standing on the nails while it dries. Martha even suggests doing this with heavier dressers or other furniture: the small nails are stronger than they look, and all they need to do is prop up the furniture for as long as it takes for you to finish working and the paint to dry.