I always strive for a smooth finish when working on a piece of furniture, at least on the base paint, before distressing or aging it. In my opinion, brush strokes make a piece look sloppily painted. I think you can have a polished look even when you are
So I looked at this before spray painting some wooden picture frames and a few other items. I started sanding and hated it, so I just used primer and then painted. Hope it doesn't turn out like her coffee table.