I found this beautiful piece strolling around town at a nearby thrift store and had to come back for it. I absolutely loved the size and details of the table, but the color was kinda “ehh.” So instead of going my usual route when it comes to projects, I decided that it was worth it to do it right: so, instead of spray paint, this TV table was going to be completely refinished. And that is really intimidating-sounding because I had never done that before. My first step was going to the hardware store and asking for recommendations from this really nice girl in the paint department (side note: as a former retail employee of Ace Hardware, I wholeheartedly recommend asking for help if you need it. That’s what salespeople are for.)


You will need:

  • A sander + rough grit sandpaper + fine grit sandpaper (you can hand-sand but I promise it’ll take forever)
  • Wood stain
  • Foam brush
  • Paper towel
  • Lacquer coating
  • Cloth you don’t care about (preferably something soft)


  1. First and foremost you need to sand off all finishes the furniture already has. Use the rough grit to start off with then shift to the finer grain to avoid altering the wood too much. (DIY HACK: this is not a pro tip, it’s a lazy tip, but if you’re staining it super-dark then there’s less of a need to be super focused sanding. As long as you get the majority you’ll be okay.)
  2. Wipe down all the dust & old finish, post-sanding, with a wet paper towel.
  3. Let dry. (<15 min).
  4. Apply first coat of stain with the foam brush. No need to drown it because you’ll be doing several coats.
  5. Let stand for around 15 minutes to let it soak in then run that cloth over the stained surface to get the gooey part off.
  6. Repeat step 4 & 5 until the piece is the color you’d like. Let dry overnight.
  7. Spray the entirety in clear lacquer spray.
  8. Let dry for 5 hours before moving it into your space.
  9. Find your next fun DIY project (: