Gel stain allows you to make any painted surface (wood, laminate, metal) look like dark stained wood as long as you know the right process. I love to restore furniture and give it a new life. These end tables had water damage and a horrible orange stain
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tutorial on barn finish-a gel varnish remover to strip off most of the varnish. The contrasty barnwood look comes from not getting all of the varnish off, whatever is left behind will appear lighter when you apply the dark stain