I saw this little gem on Craigslist and had to snag it, sometimes a fresh coat of paint can make a piece completely different!
One of the best things about Annie Sloan chalk paint is that you don't need to sand and prep wood pieces the way you normally have to. I still like to run my hands along the piece and smooth out any rough or splintering areas. I decided to stain the top piece so I had to completely sand that. Make sure to wipe down the piece after with a damp cloth to remove any wood shavings.
I removed the wood slats that hold the wine glasses and painted those along with the base with two coats of Pure White Annie Sloan chalk paint. Once the paint was dry I did a full sealing coat of clear soft wax. Before that completely dried I used a mixture of Paris Grey and clear soft wax to go over all of the detailed areas. Typically I use the wax brush, but for this I used a small edged foam brush to make sure I got in the crevices and then immediately wiped and buffed all the excess off.
Once all of the painting was done I retaped to protect it and took the piece outside to apply the stain. I used Minwax wood finish "Ebony" and did two coats. When staining, you can apply with a rag or a brush, I prefer a rag and for the first coat I push it into the wood and do a thin application. For the next coat I apply a little thicker, but it's very important to make sure you do not let any stain that has no penetrated the wood dry on top or it will become tacky. I finished with two coats of Mixwax polycrylic water based protective finish to seal and protect the surface!
I will be putting this up for sale, but wanted to do a little staging to show functionality. The slats to hold the wine glasses were placed at odd distances which I realized when I went to fill them with glasses for photos. I removed them all (again) and measured the two sets on the left to be 3.5 inches a part for a typical red wine glass and the two on the right to be 3 inches apart for white wine or champagne glasses. Here is the finished product!