I adjusted the plans to shorten the table to 70 inches, taking out one of the pedestals in the process.
For the finish, I used 6 different colors of the Miniwax Water-based Wood Stain. Working with 2-3 at a time, I blended them into each other (work WITH the grain!!!). I purchased custom stencils online for the border and used a Polycrylic spray (3-4 coats), then stained over top and wiped off the excess.
Similarly, on the stretcher, I taped off a chevron pattern with painters tape. Then I sprayed with the Polycrylic, and stained over top of it.
We love this table!
Polycrylic protective Finish