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. There were peaks of paint formed due to my choice of using a chip brush. I wanted a distressed look but did not want to see the brush strokes on the table so I used a palm sander to do the hard work for me. However, you could use your good old-fashioned elbow grease and a sanding block if you prefer. I dampened a rag to pick up the chalk dust left behind from sanding which completed this stunning accent table. Place it next to your favorite chair or cozy couch and enjoy a place to rest your morning cup of coffee, with a shelf underneath to place your favorite book or magazine. Open the doors to quickly stash away clutter when you receive an unexpected visitor.