I started by lightly sanding the top of the dresser with my electric sander and then used my sprayer to apply 2 coats of Kilz primer, following it up with 3 coats of white hi-gloss latex enamel. For the last few months, my go-to white paint has been Royal Interior/Exterior, which is the house brand sold by Ace Hardware. I've found that the Ultra White is the perfect crisp white that holds up very well at a great price (I also like the high-gloss Black).
Whenever possible, I like to allow my furniture to cure for a minimum of 3 days to ensure that the paint doesn't lift, peel, or scratch once it comes in contact with lamps, cups, trays, etc. After a few days of drying in the garage it was ready to go--and quite the transformation for a $40 find.