Last year (!) I bought a coffee table at a garage sale. Mission style, high gloss, orange-y oak.....you know the drill. Similar to this:
Yes I'm a bad blogger who hardly ever takes before photos....lots of shame on me!
My inspiration was this table from the premiere issue of TradHome:
Although, I wanted mine a little more blue gray. So I stripped the table and then sanded the crap out of it. A small mountain of sandpaper later it was ready for paint. I mixed glaze, walnut stain and a sample pot of gray paint from Home Depot, until I got a color I liked. It took two thin coats to get the coverage that I wanted and I didn't bother with poly because the more my kids beat it up the better it will look! So, without further boring directions here is the finished product.