First, I primed it with Rust-Oleum Cover Stain Primer (see HERE). I primed because I wanted to be sure the dark knots wouldn't show through. When that was done, I headed on over to Home Depot and then I wandered the aisles thinking where are all the paint colors??? Until I realized that you are supposed to pick a paint sample from the wall and they mix it for you (Oooooohhhh.... see I told you I'm a newbie!) I picked Behr paint in Hazelnut Cream because I wanted white but my new table has creamish colored legs (coming soon!!) and I wanted them to match somewhat. I changed out the knobs for these pretty bronze ones from Hobby Lobby. I went when they were 50% off so they were about $3.50 a piece.
I'm so happy with how it turned out! It took me a week (not an exaggeration) only because I could only paint during that magical time when both my babies are asleep and I could only keep painting until one of them woke up. I picked up this helpful little tip so that my paint wouldn't dry and harden on the paintbrush when I had to rush back inside to take care of my babies. Wrap your brush with tin foil and then put in a grocery bag and tie it. That way your paintbrush will still be wet and ready to use when you come back. You should also put your paint tray in a garbage bag and tie it tight so that it will keep from hardening.
My dad tried to tell me how frustrating painting is but I actually found it quite soothing. When you're chasing after a crawling 8 month old and a three year old all day, an hour or two alone in my quiet garage with a paint brush was actually relaxing. Obviously, there are a lot of little mistakes when you look closely but I've come to embrace them. Nothing is perfect and that's part of it's charm.