Today I want you to see this transformation of a side table It looked quite old. The varnish was jumped in several places, it had notches and even paint stains probably made during some renovation of the house where it was at the beginning. In Design Sponge they have a section where to see the "before" and the "after" of various furniture, and this has been my favorite, because it unites the color to the recovery of the initial wood in the flower that is seen. I tell you how you can imitate it.
The first of all you have to do is sand the furniture well to match all scratches and start from a common, porous base on which it is easier to work. Then, I recommend that you use a good cover so that the furniture does not "drink" all the paint you throw over it. That is the time to choose the way you want to keep wood color and the color with which it will be combined.
He blue that you see in the photo under these lines I find it a bit daring, but in no way would I opt for white for this job, since I have seen it in too many houses and furniture stores as the default color. Think about the place of the house where you are going to put the furniture and combine it with the rest of the decoration, that is the best way to get it right.
On the other hand, draw the picture of design that will remain "wood color" on paper. Try to be a simple figure to trace and, as you are, make it look pretty. Think of the vinyl designs so that you understand the degree of simplicity needed. Draw it on a sheet and then "empty" form. You can do this comfortably with a cutter and being careful, so that the figure that you will leave on the wooden furniture is left empty on the folio or cardboard. Glue the folio to the furniture with adhesive tape on the edges and use wax on the drawing you want it to remain. The wax will serve as a paint repellent that you will apply later and will prevent it from staying the same color. If you give few layers of wax and the design is porous, you will probably have a slightly lighter color design than the rest of the furniture, so think if that would make it more beautiful and do it as you wish.
Finally, what you have left is paint the rest of the furniture of the color chosen using special wood paint. Ask at your hardware store for a paint that does not paint on wax (that is, acrylic would not work for you) and when you have all the dry layers, apply varnish.