You know what's funny? Now that rustic furniture has hit the mainstream and is the new "thing," expensive furniture stores are imitating these unique pieces with unique price tags as well. Sure, if you don't have the time, go for it, but we find something rewarding, and appreciative when we restore furniture ourselves.
This table took about two days total to complete with work, the commute, and a graduate class in-between.
Here's the before shot... in all of it's glory. Not a bad looking table to begin with! We didn't sand the original piece. We primed it, put a coat of paint on it, and then distressed it. After that, we sealed the deal with a couple of coats of polyacrylic. You can see a tutorial video of how we chose to paint the table here. We used a special paint that was developed here in Nashville, called Blackberry House Paint. It dries evenly, doesn't streak, and doesn't have harmful fumes.
Our chairs came from Stein Mart. After an exhaustive search from about 6 different HomeGoods and TJ Maxx stores, we found these!