Asked on Nov 13, 2020

Can this be redone?

Agnes ChrzanowskaMorgan McBrideDeb K


I got these tables at a really good deal but they are really scratched on the top. Was wondering if I could just lightly sand the top may be revarnish it I’m not sure. Really love the detail on the top I just don’t want to mess them up but they look pretty bad. The pics aren’t really pulling up how bad the scratches are but I’m just not sure if I can just lightly sand that top still keep all of the colors of the wood.

17 answers
  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl A
    on Nov 13, 2020

    I think I would try cleaning them first, you can get wood furniture cleaners at Home Depot, etc. and then once it is dry, apply lemon oil to help put moisture back in the wood. To remove the scratches here are some ideas:

    they also have markers that are for wood scratches you can buy at Home Depot and online that will cover up the scratches once you clean the tables good. I use Formby's cleaner and lemon oils and they also have a scratch remover.

    • Em
      on Nov 13, 2020

      The markers are a waste of money. Also if you add oil to the top you will have a hard time staining the surface.

  • Redcatcec
    on Nov 13, 2020

    Such a beautiful table!

    Here are a bunch of methods to look at and see if anything will work for you:

    • Holly Prince
      Holly Prince
      on Nov 13, 2020

      Thank you there are actually four of those tables and I got a wonderful price on them and they’re so pretty I will give these ideals a try.

  • I would try cleaning it and going over the scratches with a stain pen. If nothing else works, you can sand it wit an orbital sander and fine sandpaper to refinish it.

  • Recreated Designs
    Recreated Designs
    on Nov 13, 2020

    Hi Holly. You can definitely redo them but because they are likely veneer you will want to be carefully about sanding too much. If you hand sand you will be able to take the top layer of clear coat off and then sand through the scratches. I would be careful about using an electric sander unless you feel comfortable that you won't sand too far down. Once it is sanded, you can retains it and clear coat it. They will be gorgeous redone! What a great find :)

    on Nov 13, 2020

    This looks like a perfect job for Restor-a-Finish. You choose the right color and wipe it one and it fills scratches etc.

  • Ken Erickson
    Ken Erickson
    on Nov 13, 2020

    Good luck, lots of good suggestions. Also, sand VERY lightly if you go that way.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Nov 13, 2020

    Try either old English scratch cover or run a walnut over it. If that works then re seal it b

  • Em
    on Nov 13, 2020

    A light sanding and a rag with a tiny bit of stain at a time on the rag. You can always add more but if you use too much it will soak into the wood and you will change the color dramatically. Dab the tip in stain and spread it in a circular motion in a large area so it spread thin. Remember you can do a second coat if necessary so be stingy on the first try.

    If the surface really isn't bad try Liquid Gold. It is an oil, so restaining can be an issue once you do as any oil soaks into the wood preventing the stain from properly soaking in.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Nov 13, 2020

    Hello there,

    If you have deep scratches, try using a crayon in the right colour to fill them. Use the crayon warm so it will fill the scratches. Use Mayonnaise to go over the lot and help hide the scratches and bring out the beauty, or use Scratch Cover - available DIY or CRAFT Shops or online. Best wishes,.

    • Lynne Puckett
      Lynne Puckett
      on Nov 14, 2020

      Old English scratch cover comes in light and dark oil. I probably would use Murphy

      Soap and water all over.LET DRY and then apply old english scratch cover in the right shade for wood. Old English will stain.carpet and under your finger nails but it is good

  • Dee
    on Nov 13, 2020

    I would clean it well, then go over the scratches with some "watered" down stain. Not really water, use acetone or mineral spirits. If there are deep scratches you can try colored wood fill. The seal the top with poly or lacquer.

  • Betsy
    on Nov 14, 2020

    Hi Holly: Here are some sites that should help:

    This is a site that has a discussion that's pretty interesting and informative:

    Good luck

  • Vimarhonor
    on Nov 14, 2020

    Hello. Gorgeous tables. They don’t look that bad in the photograph.

    in my personal experience with some secondhand craigslist furniture fines- I have had better luck with the stain markers more so than the crayons which I had a pretty comprehensive set. I might try suggesting the markers and a nice polish and reevaluate from there.

    If you are brave a very light sanding could be a last resort. Hope you find the perfect solution. Congrats on the amazing acquisition!

  • Tawny Leste-Carlson
    Tawny Leste-Carlson
    on Nov 14, 2020

    I totally agree with the Olde English Scratch cover! They have a couple of options such as "For Light Wood" and darker I believe. Someone set 2 gorgeous side tables out with a free sign, they had been in the rain and were very badly scratched, rings from wet drinking glasses, etc. I happened to have the scratch cover already and a little light rubbing then buffing with a soft cloth and they were so beautiful. I have before and after pics on my old phone dang it. I wouldnt do any sanding, personally until after trying the Olde English by itself. That stuff brings old, scratched, dull wood surfaces back to beautiful sheen. Works great on antiques also.

  • Annie
    on Nov 14, 2020

    A good sanding and perhaps this product....

  • Deb K
    Deb K
    on Nov 14, 2020

    Hi Cheryl, hope this helps you out,

  • Morgan McBride
    Morgan McBride
    on Nov 14, 2020

    I'd lightly sand and finish with polyeurathane

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Dec 1, 2020

    i would litghly sand and finish with polyurethane

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