Textures

Hello everyone I am really new to this 3D programming. Now you have probably heard this question asked loads of times before and I am sorry. Ok I have been working through the beginners tuteriols and they have been going great. I recently modeled a simple sword using a tuteriol but unfortuanly i need to but textures on it like metal etc (the tuteriol doesn’t tell me how to do this)
could someone maybe explain how to do this in easy steps?

I have tried to do texturing with the coke bottle one but it ends up a mess and doesn’t work

thanks for your time

Try these out for starters.

http://mediawiki.blender.org/index.php/Manual/PartIV

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro/Materials_and_Textures

http://www.blender3d.org/cms/Materials.247.0.html

Thanks I will have a look now