1 After preparing the surface by sanding the wood and cleaning the dust off thoroughly with a damp rag, paint it with a coat of wood primer.
2 Cover the surface with two layers of PVA, allowing it to dry thoroughly in-between coats.
3&4 When the paint is completely dry, cover the tabletop with painter’s tape, overlapping each piece slightly. Tip You can use the same technique on raw wood furniture or pre-varnished wood.
5 Draw your design onto the masking tape using a permanent marker. Keep in mind that it is generally more effective to create a geometric pattern.
6 Use your craft knife to cut out pieces of the pattern that you want to see in the contrasting colour, leaving some tape as a mask for the darker base colour. Be careful not to press too hard as you might cut into the wood.
7 Spray a few coats of the contrasting colour onto the surface; in this instance, the white Spraymate. 8 Leave the paint to dry completely before removing the tape to reveal your pattern. You can then seal the finished top with a thin coat of clear varnish to make the surface more durable.