how to refinish a lane coffee table

Refinishing a Lane Coffee Table

Are you thinking of giving a Lane coffee table a new lease of life? Refinishing a vintage item of furniture can be a lot of work, but it can also be immensely satisfying. Plus, it helps to preserve a piece of history with a much-loved piece of furniture. Here’s a step by step guide on how to refinish a Lane coffee table.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

To refinish your Lane coffee table, you will need some basic items and there are a few optional extras:

  • Tack cloth
  • Sandpaper (220-grit to 600-grit)
  • Methylated spirit
  • Wood primer
  • Lacquer for wood
  • Paintbrush (optional)
  • Paint roller (optional)

Step 2: Remove old Finish

Begin by removing the old finish on your Lane coffee table. Start by giving the surface a light sanding with 220-grit sandpaper. This will open the surface of the wood, ready for the new finish to be applied. Take your time on this step and use a tack cloth to remove any dust from the table surface.

Step 3: Clean the Table

Clean the table surface with a cloth and some methylated spirit. This will remove any grease and dirt, helping the new finish to adhere better.

Step 4: Prime and Paint

Apply a wood primer to the surface of the table, before two coats of lacquer. Once the primer is completely dry, use a paintbrush or paint roller to apply two thin coats of lacquer. After each coat, lightly sand the surface with 600-grit sandpaper, to remove any brush marks. This will create a smooth and even surface in preparation for the final coat.

Step 5: Final Coat and Finish

Apply a third and final coat of lacquer to the table surface, before bringing it inside and leaving it to dry. Finally, buff the surface with a clean cloth or felt polishing pad.


Refinishing your Lane coffee table can help to extend its lifespan and turn a vintage item into something modern and beautiful. Follow these steps to create a truly stunning piece of furniture.

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