Amazing thing is I didn't have to sand or prime because I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. I gave it a first coat using Country Grey, yeah the one that really doesn't look grey, more like a rich cream.
The top is assorted stripes done without taping as I wanted the freehand imperfect look. The colors used on the stripes: Louis Blue, Old White, Paris Grey, Duck Egg Blue and Paloma (a purplish grey). After doing the stripes, I used a wet sanding block to distress taking down to the Country Grey as well as to the original surface. I wanted to give the illusion that these were individually painted boards across the top.
The legs and sides were dry brushed with Old White over the Country Grey. Distressing done again with the wet sanding block. A satin finish was applied overall.
Also pictured below was a cute little sign made for a client. "Punkin' Patch" Simple, sweet and rustic. Just what she wanted. I also posted a few other signs that I have available. I love signs. Remember to click on each pic to enlarge.