How to Fix Water Spots on Wood Furniture

by Christina Brown · 7 comments

in DIY Projects

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.

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.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marta June 13, 2013 at 10:58 am

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 Christina Brown June 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Thanks! Hope it’s a trick he finds useful!


3 Fru-gal Lisa June 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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!


4 Daniel Lloyd March 25, 2014 at 1:37 am

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.


5 Lloyds Garden Furniture April 10, 2014 at 8:37 am

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


6 Christina @ Northern Cheapskate April 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I have found that the salt seems to help clean the surface a bit to allow the olive oil to soak in better.


7 Lloyds Garden Furniture April 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I knew there had to be a simple answer, thanks Christina :)


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