Refinished Mid Century Modern Coffee Table Upcycle/Makeover

5 Materials
$30
4 Hours
Medium

I came across this table on offerup and it was painted all brown. It was ugly but thought had a lot of potential because of the legs! I knew if I sanded down the legs and found nice woodgrain it would be a nice transformation regardless of what the top looked like.

This is what it looked like before
This is what it looked like before

This is the image the seller posted of the table and I decided based off of this photo, that I just can't live without this table.  Its all about having a good eye and seeing potential!


I sanded down the legs, applied stain, painted the top and applied a water based clear coat for a durable permanent finish. See the instructions below on how I achieved this look.

refinished mid century modern coffee table upcycle makeover

I started with "some" sanding! This is a tough and time consuming job but you just can't skip it...

refinished mid century modern coffee table upcycle makeover

I used an electric sander and started with 100 grit sandpaper followed by 120, 150, 220 then grit to give it a smooth look.

refinished mid century modern coffee table upcycle makeover

Sanded off the legs and the sides. I wanted to expose as much wood as possible. I was happy to see beautiful woodgrain! Once it was sanded I applied penetrating wood stain! The top was laminate so I knew it had to be painted.

refinished mid century modern coffee table upcycle makeover

I used a water based clear coat on the legs and top for a durable permanent finish.

refinished mid century modern coffee table upcycle makeover

I picked premium latex paint in black to paint the top.

Sanding paper used during the project
Sanding paper used during the project
This coffee table looks good as new
This coffee table looks good as new

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