I found this on Craigslist for $20 and had to snatch it up. I usually don't like to pay that much for end tables, but I really liked the style of this one. I sanded the entire top with my electric sander. I usually use about 80 grit sandpaper to get the finish off, and then sand it lightly again with something more fine like 120 or 150. After sanding the top, I wiped all of the sawdust off with a rag. I then took a different rag and dipped it in Dark Walnut Minwax stain. I then wiped the surface evenly with the stain until it was completely covered. You want to make sure to wipe the stain on in the direction of the wood grain. After the stain dries, you want to put a coat of Polyurethane or Polycrylic. I then painted on 2 coats of Magnolia chalk paint. After letting it dry I distressed with sandpaper, and then wiped it down well with a rag. I used a light brown wax on top and let it sit for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, i buffed out the wax with a soft rag. I love experimenting with all of the colors of chalk paint. I was really happy with how this turned out!
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