lane coffe table with bascal cups

As many of you know, my sweet husband, Brian, has been working his way through our home restoring old pieces of furniture that we’ve accumulated over the years. So far I’ve shared the kitchen island, the cupboard with legs, and the Padre Hotel chairs. This is his latest project: a Lane coffee table upcycle. We thrifted this coffee table early in our marriage and used it for many years when we had toddlers. I don’t recommend doing that if you want to keep a nice finish on your table. After a while, it looked quite worn and we eventually bought a new one. But we didn’t get rid of this one. We loved the style and hoped that one day we would find time to bring it back to its former glory. Fast forward to now and the Lane coffee table has been brought down from the attic and refinished. It’s funny how much I’ve missed it, even though it’s been here all along. This is what it looked like several weeks ago:

lane coffee table upcycle needs work

lane coffee table unfinished

lane coffee table bottom

The first thing Brian did was take the table apart and sand the remaining finish off each piece. Then he used wood glue to reassemble the table. You can see the dovetailed ends of the table. I love how the different colors of wood fit together here.

land coffee table sanded

lane coffee table sanded dovetail ends

The next step was to stain the table. Brian chose to stain the table the same color he stained the upcycled chairs from the Padre Hotel that he had refinished earlier this fall. Then he used a sealer that he learned about from a co-worker. It had these three ingredients:

finish ingredients lane coffee table

lane coffee table wet finish

lane coffee table wet finish

After several coats, here’s how the table looks now. I love how the Padre Hotel chairs and the Lane coffee table both have black feet. I think it ties them together nicely even though they weren’t designed to go together.

lane coffee table happy face shelf

lane coffee table bascal cups

lane coffee table with padre chairs

lane coffee table dovetailed end

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11 Responses to Lane Coffee Table Upcycle

  1. oh my gosh, that whole set looks amazing. i can’t believe they don’t really go together. awesome!

  2. This came out so beautiful. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
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  3. Tee says:

    OMG, fabulous tin cup collection! I can’t believe you’ve got the whole thang.
    Sweet yet painful memories of those cup getting ice cold and hurting my teeth.

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks, Tee. That set is actually on my Etsy site right now. It’s not in great shape. I love holding the cups in the summer when it’s really hot – they do get cold!

  4. Tammy says:

    I’m Jealous!! We have the matching end tables to this coffee table. We found them at an estate sale. They’re two tier and the previous owners even had glass pieces cut for the tops. We’ve been watching the sales for the matching coffee table, but have yet to find one. We keep saying, “one day”.. maybe they’re all hiding out in peoples attics like yours has been!! Your hubby did a great job. It turned out lovely!!

    • Betsy says:

      Tammy, that’s so cool! Keep looking, because I think this was a pretty common style back in the day. The same day I published this blog post, my sister in California texted me a photo of one of these at her daughter’s school. I’m sure one will turn up eventually. Good luck!

  5. [...] to dry. He used the same stain that he used earlier this fall on the Padre Hotel chairs and the Lane coffee table. He also used the same finishing concoction that he used on the Lane coffee [...]

  6. Rachel says:

    Oh, it looks gorgeous!!

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