I started by giving the side table a quick cleaning to get all the dirt off then began my hours of sanding, (and yes, I mean HOURS of sanding!) Once all the old finish had been sanded off it was time to stain. I used Minwax Wood Finish in an nice dark ebony colour. The Minwax stain is a pretty good choice because it stains and seals the wood, so you don't have to worry about going back and sealing the whole piece.
Once I stained the whole piece and I sprayed the inside of the piece with Restoleum flat black spray paint and covered it with a grey peel and stick cabinet draw protector. I just cut the paper to size, peeled the wax paper back gradually while sticking it down to the bottom of each drawer.
This was a great weekend project and besides the labour intensive sanding it was relatively easy. It now has a home at my brother's place as his night table.