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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.

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