I have a dining room table that I received for free. It was very scuffed and stained so I always used it with a table cloth. Recently I painted it a cream color.
This is what it looked like before.
I used Zinsser primer (~$10/quart) because the back of the can said it was suitable for glossy surfaces.
I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch (~$9/quart) as the surface paint because there was a picture of furniture on the front of the can, and figured it was okay for furniture. I put in a few squirts of mustard-colored craft paint to make the paint more cream-colored. Yes, you can mix latex and acrylic paint!
I used only about half of each can so there’s enough for another project.
Originally I was going to use a stencil to make damask patterns on the table but then decided it was rather busy-looking. Instead I painted some little gingko leaves using green paint I already had on hand.
I also spent about $10 on a pack of painting tools from Home Depot and $4 for a sanding sponge that I barely used.
It was a few hours of work but much cheaper than buying a new table!