I actually only painted the tabletop with two coats. I thought the two toned table would be interesting. The bottom half is still in the original oak stain and in far better condition than the beat up top. Tip to the wise: For small jobs like this, purchase the 8 oz. sample. I got a smallish 29 oz. can for $15. That wasn't too shabby but the sample jar was $3 and would have been plenty just for the tabletop. At least I was smart enough to get a primer & base in one.