So I sanded it, which took forever. The coat of varnish was not an even coat and underneath that was the original finish that had to go as well. I painted the table with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Satin Ivory Silk and the drawer handles with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Gloss Black.
Originally I wanted to go bold and paint it all red but I changed my mind because I thought pairing the cream and black would look more classic.
This sewing table isn't really used like it should be because I also put my laptop on it and my sewing machine isn't the right kind to be placed inside the designated compartment. It's a really good table regardless and I intend to use it however I can.