This wedding present for Dan's sister's wedding present took us a very long time to complete.
We finished all the little boxes and sides in an afternoon, but logical problems meant putting it all together took ages.
The Bride had specified she liked white weathered (rustic?) paint (can't think if there's a better name).
We finished it with two coats of grey stain, then two coats white paint that we sanded off a few hours after painting.
I think it came out great ! The edges are a little uneven and of course the shelves aren't completely level... but hey - rustic!
Valspar Furniture Paint - white satin - 2 coats, then sanded a couple hours after painting.