Here is the dining room table we picked up off Craigslist for free. After lots of sanding, varnish and poly, we are looking more and more like an "after". I still have a run to Hobby Lobby (not my favorite place) to make to get more chalk paint for the chairs, and then we'll be in business. In the mean time, here is the progress:
One sander later (sorry dad!), I have a lovely, smooth-ish table top.
Creamy-colored chalky painted chair. Still needs a wax coat and I need to pick out fabric to re-do the seat. I have two of these chairs and four totally different ones that match each other.