I painted my old kitchen table with general finishes gel stain brown mahogany and homemade chalk paint legs. It came out pretty good considering in was my first time painting a large piece of furniture. Lightly sand the furniture before and after each coat. I sealed it all with a top coat of polyurethane I did about 4-5 coats on the top since it will be used more often and two coats on the legs.
bought our lumber: 4 long planks for the top, 9 smaller planks bracing and framing the bottom, and 2 longer small planks to frame the outer edges. We used mostly pine (because it is pretty and affordable) with a few oak pieces among the 9 s