I stained the tops and left the border wood natural to give it a good weathered but finished look. It can be used indoors or outdoors. Crossed the legs instead of doing straight legs to give a little more character. The table on the far right is not darker, the is a light directly above the far left table, so it looks that way. The coffee table is 15.5 inches tall and the end tables are 20.5 inches tall.