Upgrade Your Old Coffee Table

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We had this old coffee table that was a little tired and outdated but the perfect size for the space. So instead of purchasing a new one for several hundred dollars I decided to refinish it and add a little razzle dazzle to it.

Clean and sand

I first wiped off the table then started sanding with an orbit sander. I used 120 220 320 grit.

Once the top was sanded i decided on a design and went for it.


I used black paint for the legs and part of my design. I wanted to go with triangles and also expose some of the wood.

Create the design

I used frogtape to create my lines/triangles. This part took a while, so buckle up and pack your patience for this trip.

I also used some gold paint to give it a pop.

Once I finished my design I thought the bare wood was too light for my purposes so I stained the remaining exposed wood by wiping on one light coat of stain with a cloth. Once that was dry the next day. I applied 3 coats of polyurethane clear coat.

Finished table
In its new home

if you like this transformation check out my Instagram @andreapalmai where you can find a lot more.

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  • Barbara Reeves Brown Barbara Reeves Brown on Apr 26, 2020

    Give me your suggestions what to do with this coffee table and matching end tables. I really don’t like the mirrored bottoms.

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  • Valerie Burge Valerie Burge on Apr 26, 2022

    I'm not a big fan of the geometrical trend...but this looks absolutely stunning!!! Awesome work.

  • Patsy47 Patsy47 on Apr 26, 2022

    FANTASTIC!! one of the very best on this site ( which is farmhouse chic trendy).... i love MCM and you knocked it out of the park!😍