How to Fix Water Spots on Wood Furniture

How to Fix Water Spots on Wood Furniture

One skill that comes in handy as a cheapskate is knowing how to fix water spots on wood furniture.

It’s not that hard to damage a piece of wood furniture with a spill or a scratch.  And if you do any garage sale or thrift store shopping, you may come across some decent pieces of furniture that look awful because of water spots and scratches.

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So I thought I’d throw together a little video on how to fix those water spots and scratches.

Please pardon my lack of videography skills and instead focus on what I think are some amazingly simple ways to fix up wood furniture. 

I hope you enjoy the video and that you learned a few new tricks.

With just a few supplies (salt, olive oil, and a wood finish stain marker) you can bring new life to old furniture.

About Christina Brown

Christina is a wife and mother dedicated to figuring out how to live a simpler, happier life on a budget.


  1. Marta says

    Neato. I passed along the salt/olive oil tip to my dad. He refinishes furniture all the time and may be able to use that one.

  2. Fru-gal Lisa says

    I tried the olive oil and salt paste on some door paneling in my house. Our new German shepherd had scratched up the kitchen and den door with her claws, and it was a mess. Our house is almost 50 years old and the woodwork is very unusual: ash with a light brown stain that also has some green running through it. We wouldn’t be able to replicate that pretty color, and I thought the scratches were here to stay. Your tip worked and it looks a whole lot better. Even better, I didn’t have to buy anything, just used ingredients from the kitchen pantry. Thanks!

  3. says

    There are any water spots on the furniture, use dry heating pop to uproot then seal with proper oil. This is the main medicine important to keep the furniture looking great. Wood that is cleaned is as simple to take care of. Wooden furniture that has been treated with any chemicals separated from paint is recognized to be cleaned.

  4. says

    some great tips there, I have a few pieces that require a little touching up so I’ll give them a go.

    I understand what the oil does but what does the salt do to help remove the stain? I’m just curious.

    Thanks again Christina

  5. Neetu says

    Hi thanks for the tip to remove stains from wood it worked fantastic for me the stain just vanished thankyou

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