We have needed a little table for my almost-two-year-old to use for a while. We found some cute ones at Ikea and opted to buy an unfinished set because it was a lot cheaper. I was just going to stain it, but then decided to paint some designs on it first. I made stencils for the elephants and birds. The leaf designs I found a stencil for in a really old book from the 70's.
So this is a look at the table after I finished painting the designs with acrylics.
Next, I applied 3 coats of Polycrylic finish, sanding in between coats. I chose this water-based finish because its safe to use over acrylics.
Here's how the table looks now- all painted and protected and ready for my son to make messes on.