What's the Best Way To Refinish the Top of This Table?

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Q: I have a table that I'd like to redo. The top looks like butcher block but it's very light in color. I'd like to stain the top a darker color and paint the legs. Got any tips on how to redo the top?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.