I had seen this great pin on Pinterest from Minwax about how you can stain a checkerboard right into the top of a table. I was up for the challenge and purchased my $5 yard sale table to being the project. However, when I sanded down the stain off the top, I found the wood to be a knotty pine that would never in a million years cooperate with a checker pattern. With my luck the dark knots would end up right where the light squares should be. So I moved on to plan B.
I had already purchased the Minwax Polyshades in Pecan for the first round of the checkerboard so I stained the top and drawer in this shade. Three coats later, I liked the color and moved on to the legs. The dark knots needed to be paired with a dark charcoal bottom. The contrast is more than I would normally choose, but I liked the outcome. I swapped out the dainty white knobs for small black ones and a new end table is born (without checkers).