We started out with this old hopeless table off freecycle.org. The rough and bubbled finish on the top overshadowed her lady-like leggers underneath (whistle). Hooray for hopeless!
The chairs were a Goodwill steal: $23 for 4 Ethan Allen classics. Greatwill! Just needed some tightening in the holes. Amazingly, the fluting details tied the entire set together, and was the source of conspiration: bright white painted wood with black glaze to catch all the details. We wanted to add in some hand-painted detailing, and decided to go bold with black damask (of course!) motifs.
We blasted the heck out of the table top with the sander, and then artfully took a hammer to it. That always cracks me up. It looked rustic enough to begin the priming, a coat of hospital white, and then the jet black glaze to highlight marks.