how to update a glass coffee table

How to Update a Glass Coffee Table

A glass coffee table can be an elegant addition to your living space. However, it may look too plain, especially if it is styled in an outdated fashion. Updating it to suit your decor, however, is a relatively easy and affordable project.

Things You Will Need:

  • Textiles
  • Sticky backed plastic
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer paint
  • Spray paint
  • Painting tape
  • White glue

Step 1: Determine Your Style

First, you will need to decide on the look you want to achieve. Do you want it more modern or antique? Or simply just something that blends in well with the current style of your home?

Step 2: Preparation

Once you have a style decided, the next step is to prepare the table. Start by cleaning it off with a damp cloth and allow it to dry. Then, use sandpaper to rough up the surface that you plan to paint. This will ensure that the new paint adheres well with the glass. Prime the painting area to get the best results.

Step 3: Painting

Apply your spray paint to the area you have prepped, making sure to cover the entire surface. Use painting tape to block off any area you don’t want to paint. Allow to dry before adding a clear coat of protective sealer when done.

Step 4: Upholstery

To upholster your table, you’ll need to measure and cut the fabric to size. Place the fabric over the painted area and secure it with white glue. Use scissors or a utility knife to remove any excess fabric.

Step 5: Decorating

The last step is to add any decorative elements to the table. You can use sticky backed plastic to attach appliques or faux stones around the top to make it look chic. You can also add trays or bowls to the table to add visual interest and give it a more modern look.


Updating a glass coffee table is a great way to spruce up a room without breaking the bank. By following these steps and adding a few of your own unique touches, you can create a stylish addition to your home.

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