So, painting things now takes about 1.3 billion times longer now that I have three kids and a newborn in the house. My technique is to sneak away for about 5 minutes at a time to work on projects as I keep one eye on the kiddos and the other on my paint brush. They have a pretty, French Provincial-esque shape to them, but they were a yucky orange and laquer finish.
Then, I lightly sanded the areas right down to the original wood that would naturally get some wear and tear (the corners, the high spots) to give the piece a distressed, time-worn look. and waxed & buffed the table (with an old t-shirt cut into pieces) one section at a time. The dark wax smushed into the cracks and crevices of the table to really highlight them and give so much dimension to the piece!
I'm so happy with the results and I can't wait to tackle my other tables in this set! clear furniture wax (I used the Minwax brand, found at Home Depot) Place a few tablespoons of furniture wax into a container (I've read of people melting it on the stove, but I thought this step seemed stinky and unnecessary).