Rainbow Coffee Table: when Wood is Multicolor

Matching many colors together is often a hazard, especially if we combine them on the same table.

Multicolor coffee table

The result, however, can give rise to beautiful rainbow coffee tables in which multiple boards are all colored in a different color.

It is important, to create a rainbow coffee table, the right choice of color that should not be opaque and, possibly, also not shiny.

The best colors to get a multicolored table are those that allow you to preserve the grain of the wood.

rainbow desk

Yes, because in this article I'll introduce you to some of the most beautiful colored wooden tables from which you can take inspiration for your future DIY work.

The first thing to do, then, is to get yourself a wood dye of different colors like the one you can find here:


To create the actual table, the best solution is to cover an old wooden table, maybe already shabby, with some planks more or less long and more or less wide.

With this system we can get a completely original furniture table and save an old piece of furniture from the landfill.

Planks or single board

The solutions to achieve a very similar effect, but also a little different, is to place side by side the laths or paint different segments of a single board, dividing the various spaces with tape.

The choice of planks is at our discretion and you can get a very good job even recycling the boards of wooden pallets, which must be planed and then painted.

A commercial example of what can be achieved can be seen here: "Joan Miró model" living room table.

Using laths the work will become more elaborate and the grain will be more diverse.

rainbow coffee table 

This allows you to get a better final result, from the aesthetic side, but involves more work, since each lath will have to be glued on the support and then, at the end, the top will have to be perfectly smooth, making sure that there are no hollows or reliefs, especially at the points of connection between a lath and the other.

A very similar effect, but less aesthetically varied, is obtained by creating rectangular spaces with adhesive tape, spaces that will then be colored individually.

In this case, the wood grain will appear for what it is, as belonging to a single plank, and will be distinguished only by the different colors.

This second method is simpler and does not involve much work, if we exclude the application of the tape and the subsequent staining of the wood.

rainbow table 

When applying the tape you must make it stick well to prevent the wood stain from seeping underneath, even staining a portion on which a different color should be applied.

With this second technique, it is advisable to spread the stain with a rag that is not too soaked, so that the color can be immediately absorbed by the wood, without the risk of smearing.

Once the coloring of the various strips is finished, a wax finish can be applied to make the work brighter, but not too shiny.

Burnt and stained wood

There is yet another technique to obtain a truly surprising color effect: the technique of Shou Sugi Ban.

Round Rainbow coffee tables 

This ancient Japanese technique consists of burning the surface of the wood, which is then brushed and sanded.

The surface burning will bring out the characteristic grain of the wood, which will remain clearly visible even after the application of the colored stain.

As always, the wood can be made brighter with a finish that brings out the already well-defined wood grain even more.


Rainbow coffee tables can be further enriched by applying stencils to some of the strips or even decorating them with the decoupage technique.

In these cases, however, it may be useful to cover the wood with a sheet of tempered glass, which will ensure that the decoration will last for a long time.

Here is a video that summarizes well the steps to create a rainbow coffee table.

DIY Editor
Do-it-yourself enthusiast. I started with the renovation of my flat and then I changhed this passion into my job.