I came across an oak table for sale for $20. Someone had spray painted the top of it black. The table was very solid, and excellent size for a small dining space.
I brought it home and got out my sander! Yes, it did take a bit of time to sand all the paint away, but there is something amazingly gratifying to me about sanding furniture! I love seeing the major change you can make in a piece of wood with a little work and a little time!
Once the top was smooth and paint free, I stained it with an oak colored stain. I painted the pedestal a turquoise color. I applied some of the oak stain on top of the paint, and wiped away excess, leaving a beautiful sheen finish.
I think it looked like much more than a $20 table once I was done!