Upcycle, upscale... just shows that I'm a newbie, doesn't it?
I'm thinking less of a formal refinishing process, and more of a...what's the easiest way to turn this into something interesting, useable, sellable, maybe decoratively painted?
See, I'm not even sure of my terminology... when is "refinishing" required? Why and when is sanding and stripping needed? Doesn't it matter what you're starting with?
If there aren't enough folks for a class, I'd really appreciate some 1-on-1 time to talk through the pros and cons and processes. Shabby chic w/o a shabby job sounds good; how to do painting effects, when to stain vs paint, That kind of information. Preferably, I'd rather use tools to sand than hand sanding. I want to get things produced with less labor involved.
Does all this help define what I'm looking for?