I kept the top the same. For added durability, I used primer before applying multiple layers of white gesso. You can review my gesso tutorial here. I then finished with a stain and poly mix, which I applied and wiped back with a dry rag.
Remember the before?
You can't see it in the pic above, but the table in back had a huge chunk missing from one of the feet. I filled in the chunk, molded it, sanded, and went at it.
Some distressing gave it the look I wanted, which was an antiqued white.
OK, break time over. I have some great finds, and another cool gesso effect to show you soon. Here is a hint.