Step 1: Find the Center

finding the center point of a table surface with a tape measure
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Once the base coat is dry, find and mark the centerpoint of your surface. To do that on a round table like this one, hook the tape measure to one edge, extend it fully across the tabletop, and sweep it like a pendulum to locate the longest cross section: the diameter. Divide that number in half and mark the centerpoint on the table surface.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure and pencil
    • 3-inch painter's tape
      3-inch painter's tape to mask off the herringbone stripes
    • plastic putty knife plus extra for graining comb
      Plastic putty knife to seal edges of tape, plus an extra if you're cutting one up to make the comb
    • mini-roller
      Mini roller and foam cover
    • roller tray
      Mini roller paint tray

    Shopping List

    1. Paint comb (optional)

    2. Latex paint in two colors, one for the base coat and one to tint the glaze coat

    3. Clear acrylic glaze to create a semitranslucent, luminous top coat with an extended working time