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Uh-Oh...help painting coffee table

My husband just began sanding our coffee table. It had many nicks and scratches so needed a lot of attention. He had assumed because it was Thomasville and it is extremely heavy that the table was solid wood. After much sanding he found it is laminate. Which obviously cannot be stained. He’s beside himself! Although we bought it on craigslist it was extremely expensive even then and I would really like to keep the table. I have seen on here many projects with painting dining room tables etc. I know it can be done! I just don’t know how. Any thoughts or ideas would be so appreciated! I really just want it back to the way it was so we are looking for more a traditional look as a final result. A nice dark color. Thank you so much!

The table just a few hours ago!

  • Robyn Garner
    Robyn Garner Delray Beach, FL
    on Jan 10, 2018

    You can do a faux wood finish with paint.

  • Ann
    Ann
    on Jan 10, 2018

    Sorry to hear this happened...if you don't want to add a new top to it, a dark-color chalk paint would be an easy solution.

    • Ann
      Ann
      on Jan 11, 2018

      You're welcome, good luck! Let us know how it turns out!

  • Ken
    Ken Coatesville, PA
    on Jan 10, 2018

    Wish I had a nickel for every time I did something like this. Oh wait, I do. Every disaster is an opportunity. You and your husband have an opportunity to make something better than it was. Here's a link to DIY Network simple instructions for the faux painting:

  • Dfm
    Dfm Cascade, IA
    on Jan 10, 2018

    ya.. that’s a veneer on top. Check at a diy store...you might be able to find a or 2 roll of veneer to replace it with. . I think it was a rubber cement bob used to adhere it to the base. Read up on the how to...ie google it. I have 3 cats in my lap at the moment. Trying to interrate the new kitten.

    • KariInThe Country
      KariInThe Country Ariel, WA
      on Jan 11, 2018

      Haha. Kitten rates higher! Thank you, I'll give your suggestion some research!

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Jan 10, 2018

    You can paint it or reface it with new veneer that can be stained. Check the home centers. There is a veneer that can be ironed on. Heat activates the adhesive.

  • Rita
    Rita Omaha, NE
    on Jan 11, 2018

    You can use a flat acrylic paint also then add a couple coats of polycrylic for durability.

    • KariInThe Country
      KariInThe Country Ariel, WA
      on Jan 11, 2018

      I’d never even heard of the wax technique but I like it! Great info, ty!!

  • Lisa Sheppard
    Lisa Sheppard Chapel Hill, NC
    on Jan 11, 2018

    I painted this laminate cabinet, i wanted it to look like it belonged with my dining room table witch was wood so i used 7 different color of paint watered down by half to archive this look.

    • KariInThe Country
      KariInThe Country Ariel, WA
      on Jan 11, 2018

      I see. It would take me a lot of trial and error but I see how your achieved the wood grain look. Well done! Ty!

  • Lisa Sheppard
    Lisa Sheppard Chapel Hill, NC
    on Jan 11, 2018

    Before paint

  • Fillisfs
    Fillisfs
    on Jan 11, 2018

    If there is a Woodcraft or other Woodworking store near you stop in an ask them. You can also look at their sheets of thin wood veneer that you could just cover the top with and stain as you like. I replaced the veneer on an old table and it looked Gorgeous! Unfortunately had to sell when we downsized or I would send pic. . . . .

    • KariInThe Country
      KariInThe Country Ariel, WA
      on Jan 11, 2018

      I love this idea. It’s stsrting to sound perhaps easier than some other options. We’ll check it out! Ty!

  • Dfm
    Dfm Cascade, IA
    on Jan 12, 2018

    ps...if this was sold as a real wood top..technically that’s true...veneeres are real wood...just cut really really thin.

  • Clök Concept
    Clök Concept Canada
    on Jan 14, 2018

    I would certainly use wood veneer if you want to keep the wood look. You can even chose the essence of wood (even mix them) and create a real designer look.

    I have a post for a coffee table on which I used oak veneer. Have a look... Easy to use, but make sure to buy pre-glued veneer!

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