how to distress coffee table

How to Distress a Coffee Table

Distressing a coffee table can add a unique and rustic look to your furniture. This technique of aging or weathered look is quite simple and doesn’t require many labor-intensive tasks or tools.

Supplies you will need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Wood Stain
  • Gloves

Step 1: Preparing the coffee table for distressing

Before starting the process of distressing your coffee table, you need to prepare the surface. Use 150-grit sandpaper to sand down the entire surface of the coffee table. This will remove the existing finish. You can also use a sander or power sander, but sanding by hand will provide the most control.

Step 2: Paint the coffee table

Once the surface is sanded and prepared, you can begin painting. Choose either a latex or oil-based paint and be sure to stir and apply evenly. The color you choose will depend on the desired look for your table.

Step 3: Add wood stain

Once your paint is dried, use a brush, rag, or sponge to cover the coffee table in a thin layer of wood stain. Choose a shade lighter than the paint of your coffee table. Wipe off any excess stain, but leave some of it in places you wish to distress.

Step 4: Sand and distress

The final step is to sand the paint and wood stain a bit to reveal the bare wood underneath. Apply a more aggressive sandpaper to distress the painted areas and edges. To distress the wood stain, use a fine-grit sandpaper or steel wool to remove the stain while leaving the paint intact.

Final Tips

  • Always wear gloves when handling stains and paints.
  • Sand the table in linear motions instead of circular motions to avoid creating unwanted swirls or grooves.
  • Be sure the surface of your table is sanded and clean before applying paint and wood stain.
  • Have patience and take your time to achieve the best results.

Distressing a coffee table is a fun and creative way to make furniture look unique and rustic. With a few simple tools and supplies, you can easily transform your coffee table and achieve the desired look.

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