I had a plain small brown table (again no before pics) that was once one of those tables that had a lamp come out of it. When I bought it, there was no lamp, just a small pencil size hole for the cord, so of course what got filled with wood putty. Annie Sloan Coco Chalk Paint was the color of choice, a nice yummy looking hot cocoa like color! For the top, a neat stencil of several clock faces was done with Graphite Chalk Paint. It was just the touch needed for this table. The finishing touch was a durable satin.
Another table done recently was a rather unique square jute topped inset table. I loved the jute and wanted to leave as it was, but it had some paint spots and stains. So I ended up painting the whole thing in a vibrant Annie Sloan Greek Blue. For a little pizazz, I dry brush/streaked a diluted ebony water based stain. Also used the ebony for the stencil in the middle of the table. The satin finish added a protective coat overall, even the jute. It's a really cool looking table, would be great for a kids room or a dorm.
Lastly is this old metal stool. Love these things. Don't have the before picture, but it was painted a flat primer red. I wanted this to look really old, authentically old and beat up. The first coat was splotches of Annie Sloan Antibes Green applied haphazardly overall. Then a coat of Annie Sloan Old White was added covering most of this stool. Then the fun began. Using sandpaper, the distressing was done here, there, and everywhere. I took the various colors down to the primer red and beyond to even some yellow that was under the red!
Of course the colors still looked to fresh and new. To age this metal stool and wash of brown stain was added and then wiped off somewhat. It clung in the crevices and worked beautifully in the aging process. Finally, a coat of Varathane Satin was applied for protection and sheen.