How to Paint a Graphic Pattern on a Table

Add a graphic, colorful top to a plain wood table with this DIY from HGTV Magazine.

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  1. Click here for a guide to taping off your table.
  2. Using a 2-inch-wide brush, apply thin coats of crafts paint in various colors as shown. Brush back and forth over each stripe until the color is even but the wood grain still shows through. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet. Let dry.
  3. Brush on a coat of acrylic sealer. Let dry, then apply a second coat.

Table: Björksnäs dining table, $249,; Sealer: Polycrylic protective finish in clear satin, $17 per quart,; Crafts Paint: Wild Blueberry, Green Curry, Beach Glass and Pool, all by Martha Stewart Crafts; Pink Blossom and Fuchsia, both by Craft Smart

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