Step 1. Buy two tables.
Step 2. Clean and sand tables.
Step 3. Paint tables (see first image).
Step 4. Water down some darker paint, apply with brush, rub off with rags (See second image).
Step 5. Realize you detest the effect from Step 4 (even though you've liked it on other projects).
Step 6. Repaint tables.
The tables need another coat. Then I'll post pics. And then I have to consider how they'll work with the new floors and might end up repainting them yet again or looking for something new altogether.