I bought this little end table many years ago. It looked like it was in great shape at the time, I didn't even have to refinish it. Before long I found out that the seller had just sprayed it with some sort of finish, lacquer or varnish or something. It wasn't long before it started to lift off. Although I continued to use it, it has been a mess for a good many years. The wood is nothing special, no beautiful grain, so I decided to paint it.
I easily sanded the varnish off the top, and just lightly sanded the legs.
I painted it with Zinser 123 primer. I have to admit, I almost changed my mind and painted it white. But I had already decided to go bold, so I went ahead a stuck with the plan.
One more coat I and got the red that I wanted.
Now to antique it with a little black,
and voila, here it is, a quick little makeover. My goal is 3 pieces of furniture in 10 days, we will see.