I bought this outdated, old ladyish dinning table and chair set for $25 on Craigslist. Seeing it was solid wood, I knew it would be easy to fix the stains and scratches with a little soap and water and some sand paper.
Step 1: After sand down, prime
After sanding the table I used some soap and water, as suggested on the chalkboard spray paint can, to remove any left over dust and grime. The previous owner had kids so there was a lot of unidentifiable crusties.