An ordinary drum table 'found her way' to stardom using stain as her secret ingredient! This table came to me wobbly and worn. After some work to make her more stable, I started the painting and staining process.
I started out with the base. I used a grey chalk paint and added some distressing with white chalk paint and ebony stain. I also added "Not all who wander are lost" on the backside of the table. I finished it off with wax and polished her up with brown paper.
Now for the top ~ the ICING on the cake! I painted 3 coats of off white chalk paint after a quick sanding. I created a compass rose design and hand stained the image onto the top. Once the image was complete and dried, I added many coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. I typically apply approximately 8 coats before I start sanding so that I don't sand any of the design away. I then do some wet sanding and more GF HPTC. A total of 11 coats! To apply, on this piece, I used a Liquitex brush. I try to sweep across the surface very lightly so as not to get any streaking.
And now she has "found her way home"! This was quite an adventure transforming this blah-looking drum table into the beauty she is now!