I stole this idea directly from Annie Sloan Paints - I purchased her book - and she had created
The top was stained in a deep walnut - and there is a high gloss of polyurethane ( 2 coats )
on top - for the shine - and for protection.
The rest of the pc was waxed and hand rubbed - 2 coats -
It has been layered in different colors of paint - and gently distressed.
This pc is so solid ( real maple ) that it will be around for another 100 years..............
Don't you love the curves on the top drawers?
and here's the inspiration photo from Annie's Sloan's book !