I have been waiting all winter to finally get this done. One thing I won't do in my basement is stain...too stinky, not enough fresh air. You can find the best tutorial on this staining technique at Sawdust and Embryos.
I received this table from the free section on craigslist. It had some scratches, but still in solid shape.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it as soon as I saw it!
The base was painted with white diy chalk paint.
The top was stained into a flower design using the technique at Sawdust and Embryos.
If you take a look at her site, she explains it in such detail it makes it look so easy. I think mine turned out ok. Next time I would like to try a larger flower (make the petals bigger) and use a darker stain for more contrast.
This table is protected with 6 coats of Vermont Natural Coatings wipe on polywhey. Though that sounds like a lot of coats, this product goes on very quick and easy. The hard part is waiting the 2 hours between coats.