DIY Coffee Table Makeover




A living room with a gray couch and coffee table that has been stained brown with yellow geometric lines.
Living room

Looking for a way to update a dated piece of furniture? This easy DIY project takes you through some simple steps to transform an old coffee table into something unique.

Behr’s Featured Colors

Table – Stain: Vintage Walnut TIS-017, Paint: Celebration MQ4-13A

A piece of wood showing the stained color Vintage Walnut.
The top of an open paint can showing the color celebration inside.


showing product and tools needed for a project; stain, paint, bruchses, sandpaper, painters tape, rags.

Tip: When staining, make sure you are in a well-ventilated space. Outside is always best, but if you are in your garage, be sure to work closely by an open door. Make sure to stir thoroughly before using each product (do not shake).

Step 1

A person using sandpaper to smooth the top of a surface.

Scuff Sand

Sand out any rough areas so that you have an even surface to start with. Wipe away sand dust with a cloth or rag.

Step 2

A person using adding stain to the top of a surface.

Apply Stain & Poly

Use a nylon brush and apply Stain & Poly liberally on the entire piece. Let sit for 5-10 minutes then wipe off any noticeable excess with a clean cloth. Let dry for at least 20 minutes. Once dry scuff sand the stain. Wipe away sand dust with a cloth or rag. Apply a second coat of Stain & Poly.

Step 3

A person painting yellow lines on top of a stained coffee table.

Tape & Apply Paint

With painters’ tape, create a pattern and then fill it in with paint. Gentle remove the tape and let the paint dry.

Two coffee tables sitting side by side. The first one looks old. The second one has been stained a brown color with yellow painted geometric lines on the top.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind before starting your stain project:

  • If you can’t stain outside, make sure to work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Stir product before and during. DO NOT SHAKE.
  • Apply product with the wood grain.
  • After applying product, wait 5-10 minutes, then go back and remove any excess product that has not penetrated into the wood.
  • Make sure to let your stain dry completely between coats.
  • Let everything dry overnight before assembling.

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