Anyway, we have been (very slowly) working on this project on the weekends since we bought the table. The paint was a dark green color and the stained portions looked orangish:
We spent the first and second weekend stripping the wood. As you can tell from the picture below, it didn't go well on the first pass, until we got into a groove and figured out the most efficient way to do it:
Then we sanded down all the wood so that when we started painting, the paint would stick. Unfortunately, because the original paint was so dark, the dust from sanding got pretty much everywhere - the deck, our clothes, hands, face, etc.
After all the sanding, we started painting. Since nothing we have really matches, we decided to go with an off-white color (but mostly white) that would match whatever we put it next to. Painting took several coats, and to be honest, still needs another coat, but if you're not looking too closely, you probably won't notice. Since I'm tired of painting, so I'll probably wait quite awhile before attempting another coat!
Then we went out and bought some stain to re-stain the base of the chairs and top of the table.
Coat number 2:
It came out looking pretty decent (a big improvement from how it started at least!), but as with the paint, the stain needs another coat, as well, mainly because I want it to be a bit darker.