I finally finished the table I had been working on and solicited feedback a couple times. I decided to go with the original plan of painting and distressing and got a wipe on poly to give it a nice sheen. I felt like the paint wasn't durable enough, maybe because I didn't prime it first? Either way, my wife is happy and that's all that counts. And if it does need to be refinished, I'll just take the top off and start from scratch.
Also built a new cedar birdfeeder this weekend since the last one I built was more form over function. This one has hinges to open the top for refilling.