Step 5: Apply Stain to the Side Table

staining the side table with a rag
Photo: Allison Chin
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Using a clean, dry rag, apply stain to the entire table. Or, if you want a pop of color, prime the table and apply two coats of a brightly hued latex paint.
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    Tools List

    • hand miter saw
      Hand miter saw (for making straight cuts)
    • stop block
      Stop block (so that you can easily cut pieces to the same size)
    • paintbrush
      Paint brush (if painting the table)

    Shopping List

    Thin strips of decorative molding in profiles of your choice; decorative options, such as egg-and-dart, bead, and rope molding, work especially well.

    Wood glue

    Rags

    Wood stain or primer and latex paint in the color of your choice