"I did 3 coats of All Surface Enamel in stock black from Sherwin Williams, sanding between each coat and then finished with a coat of polyacrylic. People always ask me how I get a smooth finish and I always say sand, sand, sand!!! It's more work, but it's totally worth it!! I sanded the top down and then stained with Java Gel from General Finishes. I finished the top with 3 coats of polyacrylic."