I think it could have been a couple of things.
Cheap spray primer over the chalk paint.
Damp drying conditions.
Testing my faith in painting furniture.
I went to lightly sand to apply a second coat of the turquoise paint and it started peeling up in large chunks.
I then decided to just strip the top down and start over.
Here is the in process view of using the paint stripper and the many coats that came up.
If there is any silver lining in this debacle...I can smooth out some of the imperfections that I didn't care about before and add a coat of glossy paint back on.