Refinishing a kitchen table may seem like a daunting task but it doesn't have to be. Take your time sanding, and use a power sander whenever possible. When you're out shopping for stain and paint talk to a sales associate to get the right product that works for your job. I wish I asked more about products, I probably could've saved myself a lot of time!
Sand everything that you will be staining with the 3 different grit levels of sand paper starting with the roughest paper and working your way to the smoothest paper. Make sure to sand with the grain of the wood and wipe down the table between each sand.
Sand everything you are painting with the medium grit sandpaper and use a green kitchen scrubby for any hard to get to places. Wipe down the table after sanding.
Apply the stain in thin even coats, making sure to clean up the edges as you move along. Follow directions for drying times between applications.
Follow the directions and paint where you plan to paint.
Let dry, assemble your table, and soak in your beautiful new DIY project!