I finally got around to painting my old coffee and side tables in my living room. My grand son Landon uses the coffee table for a race car track.
I'm glad I didn't dump them. I painted the tables with a regular old stain latex paint (a good way to use up paint from all those old paint cans accumulating in your garage.) The top, I painted light olive, the legs black charcoal, and then I antiqued them with a walnut stain by just rubbing in on and off with an old cotton cloth. I then painted a couple coats of polyurethane over the finish to Hot-Wheel proof it!
Before---the table tops were worn, but the structure was sturdy. Time to re-d0.
Kilz and painted and ready to sit there and look pretty again, awaiting a Hot Wheel and a toddler with a need for speed.
I think the olive and the charcoal black goes great together.
Now go find an old piece of furniture and give it a new life---a very satisfying experience.