I'm missing my before picture, so imagine this: a yellowed varnish on pine & plywood. This trunk felt awkward in our living room, but I was given this trunk for my saddle when I was young & wanted to keep it around. So, I stripped it down, roughly sanded it, applied a dark stain, sanded it again & added the arrow accents.
I wrapped it around the corners for a little extra dimension.
There are so many patterns/colors/possibilites with this technique... I could go crazy.