So I found this set on the ksl classifieds, but it really needed to be refinished:
I liked the lines, and could see potential in it. So I sold our old set and bought this one, not sure when I would get around to actually finishing it.
I've also been on the hunt for a hutch to go in the formal dining room, and I found this just begging to be brought back to life (picture from here because I forgot to take a before picture, but this is basically the same hutch):
When we found out we'd be hosting a big party I knew that I wanted to get everything done asap. So I got to work. I sanded, primed, painted (I used an oil based enamel paint that seems like it will be really durable, and reduces brush marks), and glazed everything. These took soooooooo much more time that I had anticipated, but I am really happy with how they turned out.