how to restore a wood coffee table

How to Restore a Wood Coffee Table

Bring back life to a tired and aged wood coffee table with these easy restoration steps. You’ll be proud of the finished product and your room will look like new.


  • Sandpaper
  • Mineral spirits
  • Wood stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Foam brushes
  • Shop rag


  • Strip off all the existing finish with a 120-grit sandpaper.
  • Use mineral spirits and a shop rag to wipe away all the old sanding dust.
  • Stain the wood with a soft cloth drenched in your chosen wood stain.
  • Apply two coats of polyurethane and let dry between coats.
  • Once dry, buff the table to a beautiful sheen with a clean cloth.

Once the restoration process is complete, you will be left with a beautiful, updated wood coffee table that is sure to revive your room. You can also invest in replacement legs or slats to change the look of the table entirely. With a little bit of effort and some basic supplies, you can make an old coffee table look new again.

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