I sanded the top to expose the wonderful dynamic grain of the pine. I stained the top with ipswich pine Minwax stain, just to give the wood a little depth and make the grain pop. I poly'd it 5 times, as usual, to give the top resilience. I painted the chairs this cheerful rich shade of red, then applied water based poly to protect it. All in all, I think it's pretty cute, and wood look just as good in a modern colorful house as a nautical themed cottage or an antique farmhouse.
I only have a before on the table, not the chairs, but there are lots of pictures below.