Friday, June 1, 2018

Refinishing a Mid-Century Lane Coffee Table

I think that I probably bought this coffee table on Craigslist about 9 years ago. It was never in great shape, but having a small child in the house made it much worse. Paint, markers, child-goo all build up. Not to mention probably 50 years of life, feet, coffee, etc.

I wanted to buy a new coffee table. I also want to buy a new couch. But the wise words of a friend echo in my mind: "don't buy new furniture until your kids are much older, because they ruin everything." So true. If I wanted to horrify you, I would should you some close-up pics of my couches...

Anyway. My table.

I got it into my head that I could refinish it. And even if I ruined it in the process, it would be better than what is happening now. So, I watched a million YouTube videos, and I went for it.

Here it was before:

It was a lot of work, but here is the after:

It's not perfect, but it is better.

Here are the steps, in brief:

1. Apply stripping gel. I used Citristrip.

Follow the instructions.

2. Scrape off goop layers of old finish. I used a putty knife, and some coarse steel wool.
3. Wipe it down with soapy water, and let it dry.
4. Sand it like you mean it. I started out hand-sanding, and that was short lived. Use your orbital sander.
5. Wipe it down with soapy water again, using lint-free cloths.
6. Apply Danish Oil. I used this one: Tried and True
Follow the instructions - I applied two layers (with 8 hours in between).

7. Pat yourself on the back and yell at your husband and child(ren) if they even think of putting something on your table.

I am super happy with the results, and hope this table will last us awhile! Now, I'm off to put magical Danish Oil over all my wood furniture (that stuff is amazing!)

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