Projects & Improvements

Before & After: Ellen’s Bad Stain to Fresh & Clean Coffee Table

published Feb 6, 2013
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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
We have had this coffee table for 12 years. It was the first piece of “grown up” furniture we bought as a couple, so it is quite sentimental to us. It has inlay detail on the top, and we had glass custom made to fit it so that we wouldn’t scratch it (I always referred to the glass as the giant coaster).

In recent years, the table was looking increasingly orange (I think because the rest of our decor is slowly leaning towards 50 shades of gray). So a couple of months back, I re-stained it with a black varnish and did an atrociously bad job of it. Last weekend I couldn’t stand looking at the badly stained table any longer and so attacked it for a second time. I painted it using Benjamim Moore “Secret” AF-710 semi-gloss and then sprayed the underside of the glass using white spray paint. I added glass handles from Home Depot. 

We are very happy with the fresh, clean look and the inlay is untouched underneath the “giant coaster”.

Thanks, Ellen!

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(Images: Ellen Walsh)