A few years back I bought this cool little end table that I thought I would refinish and give to my in-laws as a gift. Well it took way longer than expected and I ended up donating it to the Hackerspace I was part of at the time (http://www.thinkhaus.org).
Step 1: Let the sanding begin!
I once read that there are three types of service: Fast, Cheap and Good. Of which you only get to pick two for any given product or service. Given the length of time(NOT Fast) and the budget(lots of sandpaper and elbow grease) this was done on, I say this turned out pretty good :)
Step 2: Staining
I chose to stain this table because the wood was way too white and I didn't think it would darken up enough to look good with just varathane.
Step 3: Varathane/Finish
I decided to go with an aerosol varathane for this guy. The weather was decent so it would be done outdoors and dry really quickly.
Step 4: Burn & Finished!
Not satisfied with just plain wood, I thought it would be appropriate to add in the logo of the Hackerspace (http://www.thinkhaus.org) would be most appropriate for this piece. And so, we broke out The Laser!
And the picture shows the end result.
I apologize for not having a truly end picture. It's amazing how such things slip your mind. I hope I have shown enough of them to give you the idea of what it would look like completed.