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How to refinish a coffee table

Difficulty- Easy Time- Approximately two days

Parts- See list at end Tools- See list at end

We came about this project during our road trip. We were able to pick this beauty up from some family members who had recently made a move themselves and were glad to take on this solid piece of family memorabilia. Not to mention we needed an upgrade!


First, gather the tools and parts you will need for this projects and decide where you want to do each part.

Step 1 (Back to the basics):

We recommend starting with 40-60 grit sand paper especially if you have layers of old finish or paint you need to get off. Sand all the old material off leaving your wood nice and refreshed and ready to be stained or primed (if needed). After using the low grit sand paper, go back over it with a higher grit gradually working your way up to 120 or higher leaving a smoother surface and closing the pores.

Step 2 (Replace):

Replace any pieces which lack integrity (if needed). This is also a great time to decide if you want to replace old hardware on the set like handles, screws, or other items.

Step 3 (Paint and/or stain):

Apply your base paint or start your staining process. Stained surfaces should not be primed first but rather sanded to the base layer free from all previously applied substances.

Step 4 (Reapply paint or stain to desired coverage):

Sand between layers to help additional layers stay and continue to apply paint and/or stain until you have reached your desired coverage and color.

Step 5 (Protection):

You can apply a protective coating at this time depending to help with the durability of your wood. Soft woods may be scratched easily or can be imprinted if you write on them while doing homework or the like. The Lacquer provides a protective coating that hardens and also helps bring out the color in your stain.

Step 6 (Enjoy!):

Time to set your table in place and prop up your feet to watch a good show!


Orbital Sander

Mouse Sander


Coffee Table

Sanding pads



Wood Finish Red Mahogany

Clear Lacquer

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