I couldn't figure out what type of wood this was, it just seemed pretty rustic, until I started sanding. It has spots where it is gouged, like with a chisel, and spots that are really pitted like on the legs. Then I found it's secret, there was a tiny bit of veneer left on the top rim. Someone had taken all of the veneer off of it, I guess with plans to restore it, then stopped. So, instead of trying to make it perfect, I decided to embrace it's flaws. I've been wanting to try out chalkboard paint on something and figured the top of this might work. I did not find joy in this paint right off the bat. The manufacture suggested to use a roller or sponge brush for best results, I was out of rollers so I tried the sponge. What a mess! This stuff went on like a thick motor oil, and it streaked all over. So I let it dry, then my husband sanded it back some, and I rolled on the next coat - voila! Definitely use a roller when applying chalkboard paint.
Next came the bling. I love, love, love, Martha Stewart's "Thundercloud" metallic paint! I've used this to highlight the frame of a mirror, and some great details on a chair (see La Bete Noire ), but now I wanted to go bigger. So I painted everything but the top in it. I didn't want it perfectly smooth so I used a brush and followed the wood grain.
Here is the finished table with my eclectic mix of furniture. I wish it could stay, but like Karen from the Graphics Fairy said in a guest blog on Miss Mustard Seed "If you want a thriving business you need to sell your best pieces."