Wood furniture is beautiful and sturdy and can last for decades with the right TLC. But what if your wooden furniture is in need of a little more than tender loving care? If your favorite pieces could use a little bandaging, scratch fixing or bone setting, here are a few first aid tips to fix what ails them. From simple fixes like stain removal, to a complete furniture redesign, take a look at these handy tips for revitalizing your wood furniture.

Furniture Stain Removal

Many common stains are fairly easy to remove from your wood furniture. If the guests at your latest dinner party left you with a dining room table full of white water rings, don’t despair – it’s a pretty easy fix.  Stain removal from furniture is often as easy as rubbing the water stains with a little mayonnaise. If your children are at the age where they like to draw on your walls and furniture, mayonnaise will also remove crayon marks from wood. If your wood furniture has a dark stain, such as an ink stain, you can often remove it with a little baking soda. A simple water and baking soda paste can remove ink from untreated wood.  Since baking soda is slightly abrasive, you can just keep scrubbing untreated wood with the baking soda until the stain comes out. For finished wood, you can remove some ink stains by rubbing the spot with mineral spirits.  Note that this treatment will remove not just the stain, but the old finish: you will have to refinish the piece.

Refresh and Revitalize Wooden Furniture

Before Furniture Redesign
Before Furniture Redesign

If you have a much-beloved wooden piece with a few years on it – and the paint is dull and faded – you can revitalize the finish by simply washing it lightly with wood soap, or wiping it off lightly with a little mineral oil. This will clean the piece and refresh the color. If you have a wooden piece of furniture with minor scratches, you can buy a touch-up pen or touch up paint at the hardware store. For an even easier, all natural hack, shell a walnut and rub the nut meat across the stain to blend the scratch to the color of the wood.

After Furniture Redesign
After Furniture Redesign

Furniture Repair and Redesign

If your wood furniture is looking tired and old not because of stains or scratches, but because of the way it’s made, you can give it a stylish update with furniture repair or even furniture redesign.  If you’re not handy with furniture, or if you have an antique piece that you don’t want to tackle yourself, you can commission a furniture pro to make whatever changes you desire. You can have the entire shape of a piece changed; you can have a sofa reupholstered in a new fabric; or you can have a favorite chair redesigned with arms or legs added or removed.

Wood furniture is tough, long-lasting and generally forgiving of most minor mishaps. With a few common household materials and a little patience, you can often revitalize your wood furniture.