The table was raw timber so I painted it with a sponge roller and semi gloss, 2 coats. The roller gave a much better, smoother finish than and brush and was MUCH quicker. I used a brush for hard to reach places. Simple maths and some tape for spacing. The table top took about an hour. I used a low tack glue stick to keep them from moving so as not to damage the top. Then I had tempered glass cut to size. I can change the design or colours any time I like.