I bought this table several years ago for $10. It definitely had a nice shape, but the wood grain didn't fit our style. In our old apartment, I simply put a tablecloth on top to give it the same look as a skirted table. That worked great in our old place, but I wanted something different when we moved into our current apartment. Here's the transformation in pictures!
Step 1: Light sanding.
Step 2: A couple coats of glossy black paint.
Step 3: Taping off the pattern. I went with something bold and unexpected.
Step 4: Remove tape and fall in love.
And finally, here it is in the room. What a difference a coat of paint makes!
P.S. Doesn't it make that $15 lamp look great?