No need to remove the existing finish. Just sand, paint and add a top coat and you've got yourself a masterpiece.
Step 1: Remove all hardware. Lightly sand the entire table with a sanding block, making sure to scuff the surface of the existing finish. With a tack cloth or lint-free cloth, wipe away any sanding residue. Remove drawers and hardware to sand and paint separately.
Step 2: Stir the Chalked Ultra Matte paint thoroughly to ensure any unsettled pigment is redispersed. With a high-quality synthetic brush, use light, even brush strokes to ensure even flow and the smoothest finish. Let first coat dry for at least 30 minutes before applying a second coat. Let the paint fully cure for 3-4 days before applying decorative glaze.
Step 3: Gently stir the can of Chalked Decorative Glaze. With a synthetic brush, coat the surface of the chalked paint evenly, making sure to get the crevices, corners and raised sections. Using cheesecloth, wipe the excess glaze from the surface to reveal the finished look. Wipe in the direction of the wood grain. Let dry for at least 8 hours before applying a top coat.
Step 4: Cut music pages to size and apply them to the front of the table with Mod Podge. Let dry for at least an hour.
Step 5: Apply Chalked Protective Topcoat to the table and drawer fronts with a high-quality synthetic paint brush using light, even strokes. Let dry at least 2 hours between coats and apply 1-2 topcoats for best protection.