how to distress a stained coffee table

How To Distress A Stained Coffee Table

Staining and distressing a coffee table can be an easy way to give it a unique, vintage look. With a few simple supplies and a bit of effort, you can transform a tired-looking coffee table into a work of art that you’ll be proud to display in your living room.

Things You Will Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Wood Stain
  • Paint brush
  • A cloth

Step 1 – Preparing The Table

Before you start staining or distressing the table, you need to make sure it is clean. Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt, dust and debris. Once the table is clean, it’s time to start sanding.

Step 2 – Sanding

Using sandpaper, sand lightly all over the table, focusing on areas where the wood will be most visible. This will help to create a smoother, more even finish that will be ready to accept the wood stain. Be sure to pay special attention to the corners and edges of the table, as they will give the most distressed look.

Step 3 – Staining

Once you have sanded the table, it’s time to stain it. Using a brush, apply a light layer of the wood stain to the table, making sure to cover all of the visible wood. Allow the stain to dry for at least 24 hours before continuing any further.

Step 4 – Distressing

Once the stain is dry, it’s time to distress the table. Using sandpaper, lightly distress the table by lightly sanding off some of the stain in various areas. This will give it a worn, vintage look. Be sure to pay special attention to the corners and edges of the table.

Finally, finish off with a clear protective sealant to protect your coffee table’s finish.

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