how to refinish ikea coffee table

Refinishing an IKEA Coffee Table

If your IKEA coffee table is looking a bit worse for wear, why not spruce it up with a bit of refinishing? With the right materials and steps, you can give your IKEA coffee table a new lease of life!

Steps to Take Before Refinishing

  • Strip the old Finish: Using a chemical stripper, strip the old finish away and ensure the surface is clean and smooth.
  • Sand and Prep the Surface: Once the old finish has been stripped, use medium-grade sandpaper to sand the wood surface, removing any paint flakes and smoothing out any unevenness.
  • Clean the Surface: Dust the entire surface you are refinishing with a tack cloth. This removes any dust particles left over from sanding.

Materials Needed

  • Chemical Stripper
  • 120- and 220-grit Sandpaper
  • Tack Cloth
  • Wood Stain
  • Clear Exterior Polyurethane

How to Refinish

  • Apply Wood Stain: Apply the wood stain onto the surface using a clean cloth and spread it evenly. Allow the stain to dry as indicated in the instructions.
  • Apply Polyurethane: Once the wood stain has set, take a clean brush and apply a coat of polyurethane onto the surface. This helps protect the wood stain from fading in sunlight and from wear and tear.
  • Apply a Second Coat of Polyurethane: After the first coat of polyurethane has dried, apply a second coat. Allow the polyurethane to dry as indicated in the instructions before use.

And that’s it! With these simple steps, you can give your IKEA coffee table a fantastic facelift. Enjoy your newly-refinished coffee table!

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