I picked up this little hairpin leg end table for $15. The edges were stained plywood, and the top surfaces had a piece of flooring laminate glued to it. (I ripped those off before taking a pic). The table needed a little TLC with paint.
I left the stained portions alone, and cleaned them up with Murphy's oil soap and Howard Feed-N-Wax. I sanded the top portions and used my favorite primer and this satin alkyd enamel from Benjamin Moore in Golden Bounty.
Oil paint is really messy and hard to clean out of brushes, so between coats of oil paint, I wrap my brush in plastic wrap and foil and store it in the freezer. It keeps it from drying out, and often my brushes will stay workable in the freezer for months. You just have to remember to take out your brush and let it defrost for 10 minutes before re-coating.