What you will need to achieve this table top look
Matte Polyurethane or FAT Clear Top Coat
600 grit wet/dry sand paper
A stripped/sanded table top
In order to achieve the softened age look of wood without painting it and covering up the grain I decided to try staining the table top with FAT Paint instead. I made sure the entire old finish was removed from the table top and sanded down to raw natural coloured wood starting with 80 grit sand paper and working my way up to 220 grit.
This is what the table top looked like once it was prepared for staining.
I mixed equal parts Cast Iron FAT Paint with water in a small container and brushed it over the entire surface. I allowed it to soak in for a minute or two then wiped the excess away with an old rag. Once it was thoroughly dry I did the same thing with Elefante FAT Paint. It then looked like this.
I applied two coats of matte polyurethane and allowed to dry. I then did a light wet sanding with 600 grit sand paper. I applied small amounts of white FAT glaze to my brush then brushed it lightly over the entire surface of the table applying more to my brush as needed. I allowed the glaze to dry then applied another coat of polyurethane, did one more wet sand and a final coat of polyurethane.
I painted the rest of the set in Ocean Spray FAT Paint and used the same finishing technique with the White FAT Glaze and polyurethane as I did with the table top.
That is how I achieved this soft beachy look without losing sight of the grain in the table top.