Here's what I started with. A cute little foyer table from Target my parents bought me as a house warming gift when I bought my first tiny house way back when. The knobs are already removed here.
The frames (from IKEA) and pictures were already there. Well, not already there as in, there when we moved in. Those are my kids, I put the frames there. But I put them there a few years ago, before the great house funk of 2011 started. Glad we're clear. (That baseboard could use a touch up, eh?)
I took the table outside (on the coldest day of the year I might add... we live in Florida, it wasn't that cold... but still, I had to wear a jacket).
Sanded the whole thing with fine grit sandpaper. (I did put a mask on shortly after this)
Then it looked like this.
After the sanding, I wiped all of the dust off and got some paint. Gloss... oooohh, shiny.
Then I gave it a light coat all over.
And then the top did this...
Ummm, Houston, we have a problem. The legs and sides were fine... the top went all crackly on me. The only thing I can think of is that I clean the top often with a furniture spray... and not the sides or legs. Maybe there was a lot of residue left on the top and I should have sanded more? Hmmm, what to do?
Get coffee. Helps with the thinking. I decided to let crackle-tastic coat 1 dry, then re-sand the top before applying coat 2.
I did that, and after 3 coats, it still looks like this. I've decided to name it the "rustic finish" and call it a day. :)
The colorful frames are from TJ Maxx clearance (I think they were $5 and $6), I had the lamp (which I think originally was from Home Depot), the vase was an anniversary gift, and most of the branches are from my yard. So for less than $20, I revamped my sad foyer... even if it is a little more "rustic" than I planned.