For many DIY projects, wood coffee tables make an excellent starter kit because they’re so easy to assemble and disassemble. Plus, the beautiful, natural-looking wood surfaces give a very warm look that is sure to attract guests. As you can probably tell, every coffee table will face inwards to give additional storage compartments, while the gorgeous, stained, wooden finish offers a wonderful place for collectibles and more. Here are some other do-it-yourself wood coffee table instructions that will help you get the project off to a good start.
If you’ve ever tried to paint a coffee table, you know that the first layer must be applied with a very soft cloth and that the finish must be applied with even more delicate cloths and brushes. It’s these final steps that often cause people problems, since they seem to apply too much finishing paste and cause the coffee table to lose its natural luster. What you really need to do is follow these do-it-yourself coffee table instructions closely and follow them to a “T.”
The most important of all coffee table do-it-yourself tips is to take care of the scratches and scuff marks right away. You will have to get used to wiping the tabletop down regularly to prevent buildup of dirt and dust. Use a soft, clean cloth and always wipe it down with a single, even stroke. Don’t worry if you accidentally leave a scratch or scuff; just apply more rubbing alcohol to get those spots ready for some loving. After applying the rubbing alcohol, rinse with clean water and then buff to reveal the new, lovely, scratch-free surface. Don’t forget to wipe down the trim and side of the tabletop as well, especially if the wood is aged.
In addition to your wood coffee table being clean and shiny, it also has to look good with your living room in general. Too often, living rooms are given a makeover without actually thinking about what kind of touches can add to their appeal. As with your coffee table, you should take some time to think about how you want things to be. Would a fresh coat of paint be welcome on these tired walls? Would you like to add a splash of bright floral print to give your living room a fresh and breezy vibe?
When you answer these questions, you will then know exactly how you should go about applying the stain or finish to your coffee table and other furniture pieces in your home. While you should start by applying any finish to the surface of the table itself with soapy water first, you should move on to cleaning the remaining pieces of furniture in the room. This ensures that all surface areas are completely covered.
If you have a wood coffee table that is in relatively good condition, you should consider using a protective sealant on the surface. Many manufacturers include this kind of protective coating on wood coffee tables, but it is not difficult to find one separately. Simply follow the directions on the container to apply the finish. While there may be times when a sealant is too harsh for your furniture, you should attempt to apply one at least every few years, in case the paint is starting to wear down or becoming stained.
Once you have sealed your table with a protective coating, you should then start working on priming it up. If you have a piece of furniture painted only one coat of paint, you should apply at least two coats of primer before painting. Using the wrong primer could result in a lot of wasted paint and you may even have to start all over again. To make sure that the primer you use on your furniture is the best that it can be, it is advisable to mix one part paint with two parts water. Apply the primer with a brush and allow it to dry thoroughly before you apply the final layer of paint.
As with any project, it is always advisable to start on a clean surface and simply do everything from there to get the final finish of your coffee table. Once you have sanded the tabletop to the smooth finish that you desire, take a clean cloth and wipe away excess sanding. Wipe down the surface once more with the same clean, dry cloth to leave it free of sanding marks. Sand the tabletop once more to get the smooth finish you desire and then rinse with clean, clear water.