I stripped the top with Minwax Paint and Varnish Remover...nice gel...works quickly! Then I sanded lightly, and stained it with three coats of Minwax Vermont Maple waterbased wood stain...such BEAUTIFUL grain.
I primed with Zinsser Spray Bin, then painted with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Blue Ocean Breeze (also a spray). After distressing with Benjamin Moore Clear Glaze mixed with a little black acrylic paint, I sealed everything with Minwax Polycrylic satin.
Here's a closeup of all her chippy goodness.
I was so happy with the way this little table turned out that I decided to apply the same finish to a set of frames that hold pencil sketches I picked up in Paris last year. These are already on the wall; not sure whether they show up well here. Now this little table and the set of frames are all in my guest bathroom...looking OH-so-pretty!