Diamond Nesting Tables Using Stain

I purchased this great set of nesting tables at my local thrift store. They are in good shape structurally but pretty boring otherwise. I thought to try and give them style by adding a faux diamond inlay by using stain.
Here are the tables in the "before" state. My dog, Lucky is photo bombing :) I used 60 grit sandpaper to sand the tops back and then 100 grit to smooth it out. I then applied Minwax pre-stain conditioner.
I printed out a diamond shape graphic and cut it in descending size to fit each table. Measuring to make sure the diamond cutout was straight and in the middle was important. I then taped the cutouts down. I used General Finishes Java Gel Stain and applied it to the interior of the cutouts.
After the dark stain dried, I applied Minwax in Early American to the entire top and sealed them with General Finishes Oil Based Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat.
These tables are very well made and slide into each other.
I painted the legs in Annie Sloan Chateau Grey and it complements the tops nicely.
These are all done and ready to be listed on my website and Etsy. It's so great to give old pieces new life!
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  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Nov 13, 2014
    Love the tops! Being a wood lover, I probably would have stained the legs the same colour as the diamonds.