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.
My sister (this isn't her) did something very similar and equally stunning to my parents' old kitchen table when she was in college. I've considered several times asking my sister if she could help do something similar to my table, too.