how to refinish a wooden coffee table

How to Refinish a Wooden Coffee Table

Refinishing a wooden coffee table can give it a fresh look and dramatically update your home décor. Plus, refinishing furniture is a fairly quick and easy DIY project that’s great for all skill levels. Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to refinish a wooden coffee table:

Step One: Gather Supplies

Before you begin, you’ll need to source the necessary supplies:

  • Sandpaper: Choose between 80 grit, 120 grit and 220 grit.
  • Sanding sponge: Synthetic sanding sponges work well for this project.
  • Tack cloth: To remove any dust particles from the surface.
  • Safety goggles: To protect your eyes from debris.
  • Wood stain: Choose a color to your liking.
  • Stain applicator: Use a cotton rag, brush, or paint pad.
  • Polyurethane: To seal and protect the wood.

Step Two: Prepare the Surface

Begin by sanding the table top to make the surface smooth and remove old stain or finish. Using 80-grit sandpaper, gently move the sandpaper in a circular motion. After sanding with the 80-grit sandpaper, switch to 120-grit and finish with 220-grit. Remove sanding debris with a tack cloth.

Step Three:Stain the Wood

Once the surface is prepared, it’s time to stain the coffee table. Begin by applying a thin, even layer of wood stain using a cotton rag. Allow the stain to penetrate fully before wiping off the excess. If you’re using a colored stain, repeat the staining process until you get the desired color. Finish off the staining process by applying a coat of polyurethane to seal and protect the wood.

Step Four: Enjoy Your Refinished Coffee Table

Finally, enjoy your newly refinished coffee table! Refinishing furniture is a great way to refresh your décor and brings out the beauty in older wooden pieces.

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