The accent table came to me filthy and covered in candle wax. I scraped off the wax and sanded to a smooth finish. Next I scrubbed with a TSP solution and rinsed off with a clean rag. It was ready for the first coat of General Finishes French Vanilla Chalk Style Paint. I quickly applied the first layer, not paying any attention to the direction of the brush strokes. I allowed it to dry overnight before applying a second coat. Due to applying a light color of paint over a dark wood it was necessary to apply a third coat.