Diamond Pattern Table

Diamond Pattern Table

Use designer Kenneth Wingard’s step-by-step instructions to create a diamond design on a wooden table.


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Change an ordinary table into a conversation piece by adding a harlequin pattern on the tabletop. Diamond measurements for this project are based on a 60”x30” tabletop, so scale accordingly.

Materials
Wood table
Electric sander
150-grit sandpaper
Water-based light brown wood stain
4 dry rags
Yardstick
Pencil
Painter’s tape
Small decorator paintbrush
High gloss paint and primer in one — color of your choice
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power Surface Cleaner
Small paint roller
Acrylic polyurethane sealant

Instructions

Prepping Table:

  1. Using an electric sander with 150-grit sandpaper, sand the entire table, including the legs, to remove any finish and rough up the surface. This will allow for paint to grip the surface in later steps
  2. Rub a light brown wood stain over the entire table with a dry rag. Use a second dry rag to wipe up excess stain from the table for an evenly stained finish. Allow to dry before moving on to the next step

Applying Diamond Pattern:

  1. To make evenly sized diamonds, the long edge of the table must be divided equally. For a 60-inch table length, we decided to divide it 10 times into 6-inch increments. Starting in one corner, use a yardstick and a pencil to mark 6-inch increments along both long edges of the table
  2. For the diamond shape, the short edge increments must be larger than the long edge increments. For a 30-inch table width, we decided to divide it three times into 10-inch increments. Use a yardstick and a pencil to mark 10-inch increments along both short edges of the table
  3. Now that the marks are made around the edges, they need to be linked together with pencil lines to create the diamond pattern. Starting at one corner, use a yardstick and a pencil to make a straight line from the first 6-inch to 10-inch marks. Move along to the second 6-inch mark and draw a line between that and the second 10-inch mark. From there, continue matching up the 6-inch marks all across the table


  1. Mark the points in the same way as Step 5 but now working the opposite way across the table to finish creating the diamond shape


  1. Using painter’s tape, mark off the diamonds for painting. Not all the diamonds can be painted at once; it will happen in two parts. Lay painter’s tape on the outside edge of diamonds to be painted. Long strips of tape can be used for rows of diamonds, and then smaller strips of tape can be used to mark off individual diamonds. Small pieces of tape can be placed inside the diamonds that will not be painted to make it easier to see what needs to be painted in the next step
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Tip: Rub the tape firmly in place using your fingers to minimize the paint bleeding underneath it in the next step.


  1. Use a decorator paintbrush to carefully paint the diamonds not marked with a small piece of tape
  2. Allow the paint to partially dry for about 15 minutes and then carefully remove all the painter’s tape. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step

  1. Mark off the next set of diamonds for painting — refer to Step 7. This time the painter’s tape will be applied over the previously painted diamonds, along the inside edges


  1. Repeat Steps 8 and 9 for painting the diamonds
  2. Once the paint is dry, remove any pencil lines from the table using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power Surface Cleaner

Tip: To give the table a rustic look, use a dry rag to rub a light brown wood stain over the entire tabletop, including the painted diamonds. Use a second dry rag to wipe up excess stain from the table for an evenly stained finish. Allow stain to dry before moving on to the next step.

  1. Use a small paint roller to apply a layer of acrylic polyurethane over the tabletop to seal the paint and stain. Allow to dry


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