When we moved in together Matt and I had a lot of pieces we didn't really need and a lot of duplicate items (who really needs 2 of everything?!). Matt had a dresser that was "mountain cabin" light oak in color and quite large (remember the early 2000's when furniture got really big because everyone had to fill up their McMansions in the 'burbs?). It was never going to work into our current home design style so it had been sitting in the garage since we moved in. Being that it was huge, I decided it would work well in the dining room as a sideboard or buffet type table.
I'm terrible at remembering to take "before" shots but it seems I remembered to snap a quick one before I got too far into painting:
First things first, I didn't bother with much prep before I jumped into the painting process. I used my own, homemade Chalk Paint recipe (blog post coming soon!) and just painted 2-3 coats of navy blue (the same paint I used in the bookshelf knock in the adjoining family/living room) paint before I started the sanding/distressing phase. I like to use a chisel to chip away pieces of the paint in spots that aren't easily reached via my husband's electric sander. I like to scuff/beat the piece up enough to add character and take away the "furniture store" look, I usually spend several days applying light coats of dark wood stain/sealer. Once I'm happy with the overall look I just apply a final thin coat of polyurethane to finish.
I swapped out the existing hardware with mix-matched knobs from World Market. I selected knobs with complimentary color schemes to match the rest of the room.
The center console area has an adorable turtle knob, which I am HAD to get because we had a turtle lay eggs right outside the dining room window. So now I call this the "Turtle Table".