how to paint an unfinished wood coffee table

How to Paint an Unfinished Wood Coffee Table

Painting unfinished wood furniture can be a great way to give your home a unique, individual look. Follow these steps and you can easily transform your living room with a new paint job.

What You’ll Need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Stain or Wood Filler (if you want to fill gouges or cracks)
  • Paintbrushes
  • A Primer
  • Latex paint
  • Clear sealant for the top of the piece


  1. Sand the surface. Before you begin painting, use a medium-grit sandpaper to sand the surface as smooth as possible. This will help the paint adhere more easily and make the final product look better.
  2. Fill any cracks or gouges. If your table has any cracks or gouges in the wood, fill these with a stain or wood filler before continuing. Allow the stain or filler to dry completely before moving ahead.
  3. Apply a primer. Primers can help the paint adhere better and avoid any potential uneven patches. Apply a coat of primer with a brush and allow it to dry completely before moving on.
  4. Paint your table. Finally, paint your table with a coat of latex paint. Use a brush or a roller to get the best coverage and be sure to allow the coat of paint to dry completely before moving on.
  5. Apply sealant. If the top of your table is going to be exposed to a lot of wear and tear (for example, if you’re going to use it as a coffee table) it’s a good idea to apply a clear sealant over the paint. This will help keep the wood from becoming scratched or stained.

With these steps, you can easily paint an unfinished wood coffee table and give it a new look. Have fun and experiment with different colors and techniques to create a unique piece of furniture that you can enjoy for years to come.

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