how to restore coffee table top

How to Restore a Coffee Table Top

Coffee tables can be a beautiful decoration, adding a touch of elegance to any room. When their top becomes marked or damaged, it can be difficult to know what to do. Fortunately, restoring the top of your coffee table is easier than you might think, and can save you a considerable amount of money. This article will provide a step-by-step guide to restoring the top of your coffee table.

Step One: Clean the Coffee Table Top

Start by gathering the right materials and cleaning the coffee table top. You will need soap, a rag, and a soft-bristled brush. Dampen the rag with warm, soapy water and then scrub the surface of the table with both the rag and the brush. This will help remove any dirt or debris from the surface of the table.

Step Two: Sand the Coffee Table Top

Next, you will need to sand the top of your table. Use a medium-grit sandpaper and begin to lightly sand the surface of the table in a circular motion. To ensure an even finish, sand in a criss-cross motion as well. Be sure to wear a dust mask and safety glasses to protect yourself.

Step Three: Fill in the Cracks and Gaps

Now it’s time to fill in any cracks or gaps that may have been caused by the damage. Use a wood filler of your choice and use a putty knife to spread it into the problem areas. Allow the filler to dry completely according to the product instructions.

Once the wood filler is dry, it’s time to apply the stain of your choice. With a rag or brush, apply the stain to the surface of the table in a thin, even layer. Allow the stain to dry for the amount of time recommended by the product’s instructions.

Finally, to protect the surface of the table, you will need to apply a sealant. Use a cloth or brush to apply the sealant in an even layer. Allow the sealant to dry and according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


Restoring the top of your coffee table is an easy and cost-effective way to make it look as good as new. By following the above steps, you can easily restore the top of your coffee table in a few hours. With a few household materials and a little bit of patience, your table will look as if it were brand new!

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