$199 for the table and another $99 for the chair was waaaay more than I was willing to spend.
I began reading books on painted furniture and kept a watchful eye out for a table and chair I could transform.
The alley behind the building where I work has been a treasure trove to me in many ways. This is just one of them. Apparently lots of the businesses in the complex dump unwanted stuff back there.
Sorry I don’t have a picture of the table in its original state but the top was wood grained and detached, the legs were in good shape, only missing a nut.
I didn’t keep detailed records but I estimate I spent $25-$30.
It took some sweat equity and I had to delay gratification.
Personally I get more gratification from seeing how inexpensively I can do a project like this than I would from running out and buying it as soon as it caught my eye.