I was looking for something I could try the shabby chic look on and glaze. Since I only paid $5 for this piece, I wasn't scared I'd screw it up. LOL! And hey...even if I did screw it up, I could always strip it and start over right? Right!
One of the things I really enjoy is doing the research on a piece and finding out who made it and when. I always get excited when a piece has the manufacturer's name on it.
This table is from the 1950's and has a nice bit of solid heft to it. In the 1950's, laminate furniture was popular and this piece had a laminate top. Because of this, I sanded it and primed the entire table before painting. Then, I distressed the base with sandpaper and put on a coat of polyurethane. Next I used General Finishes glaze in black on the top and the shelf to give them a distressed look too. I haven't decided if I want to glaze it again or not but once I do, I will do another coat of polyurethane after a super light sanding.