how to stain a coffee table without sanding

How to Stain A Coffee Table Without Sanding

Staining a coffee table can give it a much-needed facelift, but sanding can be a hassle. Thankfully, there is a way to stain a coffee table without needing to sand it. Here’s how you can do it yourself:

Things You’ll Need:

  • Wiping cloths
  • Wood conditioner
  • Paintbrush
  • Stain
  • Protective gloves & safety glasses
  • Polyurethane


  1. Wipe the coffee table down with a wet cloth. Make sure to remove all dirt, dust, and cobwebs. Use a dry cloth to wipe off the excess moisture.
  2. Apply wood conditioner to the surface of the table. This will help to even out the tone of the wood once it is stained. Use a clean brush to ensure even coverage.
  3. Wait for the wood conditioner to dry. Allow at least an hour before moving onto the next step.
  4. Brush on the first layer of the stain. Apply it evenly and use a different brush to avoid cross-contamination. Make sure to cover all areas of the table.
  5. Wait 15 minutes, then wipe off the excess stain. Use a dry cloth and make sure to wipe in the direction of the grain. This will help to evenly distribute the stain.
  6. Wait 24 hours for the stain to dry completely before applying a polyurethane sealant. Make sure to use protective gloves and safety glasses while applying polyurethane.


  • Be sure to apply the polyurethane in thin coats. Too much polyurethane can cause bubbling and cracking.
  • Always read the instructions on any wood conditioner or stain to ensure proper application and safety.
  • Using steel wool between coats of polyurethane can help to prevent smearing when applying the next coat.
  • If you’re in a hurry, you can use a pre-conditioned wood stain for faster results.

Staining a coffee table without sanding can be done with a few simple steps. Just make sure to follow the instructions on the various products you use and to use protective gear when needed. With a bit of patience, you can give your coffee table a brand new look without needing to sand it.

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