Good Questions: Suggestions for Dining Room?

Hello there! I am desperate for some help on this inherited pine table and server. My initial thought was to paint the "country blue" on the table black and paint the server black and update the knobs. I plan to add long panel curtains, a rug, and seat pads, but I don't want to do that until I know the colors of the table/server. I would love suggestions on lighting, colors, pattern, etc. This is a new place (for husband and I) and I need some inspiration from the Apartment Therapy community! Please be honest!

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Anyone?