how to resurface a coffee table

How to Resurface a Coffee Table

Updating the look of an old coffee table is a great way to breathe new life into a room. A DIY resurface is an easy way to add a unique look or repair any damage. You will not need many materials, and you can complete the project in just a few hours.

Materials needed

  • Sandpaper
  • Wood putty
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Polyurethane (optional)


  • Sand the Table Top – Start by sanding the table top with the sandpaper. This will help the new paint to adhere better and will fill in any scratches and dents. Make sure to cover the whole top carefully.
  • Fill any Holes – Spread wood putty all over the holes and scratches in the table. Allow the putty to dry completely before continuing.
  • Paint the Coffee Table – Using the paint brush, apply the paint to the top of the table. Start with a thin layer and add more if needed. Allow the first layer to dry, then add a second coat of paint if necessary.
  • Apply Polyurethane – (optional) To add a glossy finish, you can apply a coat of polyurethane to the table. This will help to protect the table from scratches and fingerprints.


Resurfacing a coffee table is a simple way to add a new look and extend the life of a piece of furniture. With just a few materials, some elbow grease, and a bit of patience, you can easily refresh an old piece of furniture and turn it into something new.

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