Lay out your side table on a drop sheet. For this project, a natural wood stain was applied to all the parts using a paintbrush, except the edge of the tabletop and edges of shelf. (The apron of the side table was left unpainted as that is where cork tiles will be placed.)
A black PVA paint was applied to the side edges of the tabletop and shelf with a mini roller, creating a crisp and contrasting finish. Apply two coats and allow to dry fully between coats. As an optional step, a clear sealer can be applied.