5 seconds later I was home, and as I unpacked them and had a little inspection and realized that someone had already gone to the trouble of stripping these down. Remarkable that someone would go to all that effort only to later to cast them out to the curbside!
Not that Im complaining! I set about painting them (no need to sand for once!). I did a light gray wash, I basically just slathered the paint on and scrubbed it around really well to get a real minimal coverage. I wanted them to look white-washed and rustic.
I painted out the little cute piece of trim in white. Again, I kept it really rustic, I actually used a damp cloth to apply the white and just smeared it along, keeping it light and imperfect.
The tops are where the fun-factor comes in. I used some gray and white chevron paper and modpodged it to the table tops. It went on great, no bubbles or issues. I personally find modpodge works better with a thicker paper. I have used super thin paper before and it crinkled so badly.
I also find that when using modpodge it is really important to make sure that you use a good amount of modpodge. If you apply it too thin you can't 'move' the paper around on top of it to get the perfect positioning.
On a side note, I have just down loaded the free photo editing software called 'Picasa' and really like it. I am on the hunt for a proper dslr canon camera, but at the moment I used use my phone camera and edit the pics. I haven't had a proper 'play' yet, but so far I really like picasa. I actually shot these pics on a super-duper gray and dreary day. They are right beside a door, so there is some light coming in from the left, but it was not nearly as bright as it looks in the pics. With that said, Santa, if you are reading this, feel free to stuff my stocking with a new dslr!