My boyfriend and I moved in together a year ago, and I'm sure you know what it's like starting out...
We were given a few chairs, and found a matching table a couple more chairs at a yard sale. As you can see in the 'before' picture there was quite a bit of water damage [as the chairs were left outside for a winter!]
After a lot of sanding [thank you hunny], staining and paint [done by moi, of course] the finished product is what you see on the right. Pretty neat what a little TLC and hard work does!
[image by Jamie for insidesign]