We repuposed this desk into a kitchen island. First we stripped the top of the orginal paint, we then sanded it down to a nice smooth finish, and then started with Java gel, after several coats to achieve the depth of color we wanted we then finished with several coats of stain poly. We then painted base with antique white and sealed with poly. WE added a bottom shelf for storage that was stained with a dark walnut, we then added large casters wheels . It fits perfect into our farmhouse. we have given new life to an old piece.