The other day, I showed you guys this table. I bought it several months ago for $30 with this exact spot in mind. This is our "seating area" in the master bedroom. The table that was there prior was a tad too small. This one is just perfect--size-wise, anyway. I wasn't a huge fan of the finish of it, but that's an easy fix.
It was dark (like a cherry finish) and had a shiny top coat of sealer on it.
So after sanding everything with a sanding block, I painted it with a base coat of Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal (used here and here).
The look I was going for was the "Restoration Hardware gray-washed look" so on top of the base coat of paint, I just dipped the very ends of the paint brush into gray-tinted wood stain, wiping off any excess into the can.
With barely any stain on the brush, I worked it onto the table (it looks like there's more on here than what there actually is, since the brush tips are white)
If too much stain got on the table, I just wiped it off with a rag. You can't really mess this look up.
Then I sealed everything with wipe-on poly (my new favorite product!)
Have you refinished any furniture lately? Are you trying any new paint treatments? It's kinda fun and gives furniture a whole new look. And it's definitely much cheaper than getting something at Restoration Hardware! ;)