Fixing Cosmetic Damage To Wood


Damage to wood surfaces in your home can make you feel robbed, especially if you paid a lot of money for the furniture. I learned the hard way that not all wood is created equal and not all wood is actually wood made from a solid slab. I purchased my first dinning room table about three years ago! Got a great deal on it I thought. Turns out, I  never should have purchased it and it looked like I couldn’t use regular kitchen cleaners on it. It has a veneer finish to it, but its black and anytime you wipe the table down with a wet cloth or a cloth with a chemical on it, like spic and span, the black comes off. It looks like my table is incredibly dirty….I hate this table…I hated it about 3 months after I purchased it. But part of the blame was my own. I used a chemical spray on it to clean it when I should have used a warm damp cloth on it. Also veneer can scratch and leave chips because it’s just a finish and usually sits over processed manufactured woods instead of a real solid chunk of wood. 

Not only that, I made the biggest mistake a parent can make purchasing a dinning room table. I purchased an upolstered bench seat and chairs that I can’t just wipe clean after every meal. I have to spot shot it. It’s a pain in my butt and I got fed up today and purchased a brand new dinning room set, with a real wood table top! And now I know how to take care of that table top and want to share that with you in the infographic below. 

Fixing Cosmetic Damage To Wood




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30 thoughts on “Fixing Cosmetic Damage To Wood

  1. This is such a great, pinnable picture that is for sure going to save the scuffed legs of my dining room table. Thank you for breaking this all down in such a useful way (and helping my house look gorgeous). – Jerusha,

  2. I am going to try some of these. My kids are always putting dings in our table and chairs. Ugh!

  3. I love your DIY ideas and suggestions. I painted a two tier end table white to put outdoors with my wicker furniture. I’ve noticed that the moisture has it coming apart in the front. I was going to trash it but I think I’ll try to fix it first.

  4. I so needed to see this post! We have a beautiful hutch that is completely destroyed on top because of placing items, keys, etc on it. I was even thinking of buying a new one but I think I’ll try this first!

  5. I have a solid wood coffee table which has some deep scratches in it from when one of my dogs was after something and took the table as a shortcut. Thanks to this article I know know how to attempt to fix those scratches.

  6. Thankfully, my mom taught to clean a wood table with a damp cloth. We have a table in the kitchen that gets banged up with daily use but our dining room table for the most part still looks great after over 14 years.

  7. Omg this is exactly what I needed to read! My daughter just scratched my less than a year old dinning room table -_- this post will be helpful with that

  8. My dad just completed a DIY fixer upper on our staircase rails. The issue occurred after we always hung up our wet towels from the shower on the wooden stair rails, which caused mold as well as colour fade, he used the same approach as in your article. It dries in 8 hours, so you have to remember not to touch it.

  9. This is so useful! We don’t have a lot of wood furniture but I’m always really paranoid we’re going to mess up the ones we have. Now I dont have to worry as much.

  10. Such great tips. I bought a table once which was supposed to be “cleanable” and the finish started coming off in just a few days, and the wood was bubbling up. Luckily they agreed I was told wrong and they replaced it.

  11. Thanks you ans great tips on how to fix cosmetic damage to wood! I always get confused what to use on what surface and by the time I try something and it is the wrong thing to do, it is already too late!

  12. What a fantastic infographic! I just bookmarked and printed. I will never throw away a piece of wooden furniture again! I can’t believe how easy it is to care for broken wood. And the glass stains! No one around here will ever use coasters and now I won’t care 🙂

  13. My husband goes around our entire house once or twice a years and patches/repairs all the little scratches and wear that occur, he’ll definitely appreciate this information! Thank you for sharing these great tips! 🙂

  14. I wonder how people ever lived without those wax sticks and touch up markers. They really come in handy – we’ve used them on furniture and wood floors. This is a great infographic shown here too!

  15. When my mom came to visit me last year she saw all of my chipped wood pieces and decided she was going to fix them all up. She then proceeded to give me a tutorial on how to fix my jewelry box and dresser. It’s amazing how good they look and how easy it was. She’s a huge fan of the touch up markers, so I’ve got some of those now. They’re great.

  16. Thanks so much for all the great information on wood repairs. My secret on dark wood is small scratches I rub mayonnaise on it, does the trick and cheap too.

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