Magic Potion ~ White Ring Remover

Diana Wearing
by Diana Wearing
2 Materials
$2
1 Hour
Easy

I got this amazing little vanity for whopping $20 at a local thrift store (happy dance) I know some people think this could be gorgeous painted but I’m all about making this little beauty shine the way it was meant to! I thought the top would probably need to be refinished because of the water marks/white rings but I’m in Wisconsin so I wouldn’t be able to start that project until spring and well I’m not that patient!

Best olive oil!

Whether for cooking or cleaning this olive oil is the one that Amazon reviewers swear by!


There are all sorts of over the counter products & online white ring fixes so I figured I had nothing to lose might as well see if I could come up with something that worked ~

My magic potion was simple & cheap just a paste made with olive oil and regular table salt ~ I read somewhere that the salt will pull out the moisture and the oil will replenish the wood ~

I applied the mixture to the damaged areas and rings, rubbed it in a little and then just let it do its thing ~ I let it sit for about an hour and then wiped it off and buffed the entire top ~

It looked like this right after I was done ~ the white rings were now brown it looked better then when I started but I still would probably end up stripping and refinishing…no big deal after all this was just an experiment!

I took another look a couple weeks later and this is what I saw…the brown rings had lightened so they are almost undetectable! Magic!

I’m excited to get started on the rest of it ~ fingers crossed it’s going to look amazing when I’m done!

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  • Phyllis Phyllis 2 days ago

    Toothpaste will remove the white rings completely and a lot faster. Normally, the white rings (actually water rings) are just in the wax, and toothpaste works great. It also works on cigarette burns, though you will have to fill in the burn afterward. Find a crayon of similar color and melt it in the area. If there is grain in the wood, use a #2 pencil to recreate them. You can use this method to fix almost any gouge in wood. The professionals use a stick of shellac to melt into the gouge and art pencils. You can purchase shellac sticks of different colors on the internet if you really want to do a professional job, but crayons are almost as good and a lot cheaper. Put a good coat of wax on top of your repair and no one will ever notice it!

  • I appreciate your comment and that is why I mentioned that. Wood is not alive but it is alive in your hands when you are sanding it, creating something from it and when you display that It certainly is alive ! Thanks for commenting. When I re-finish another persons antique furniture it comes alive again. I prefer linseed oil myself for my wood!

    • JH JH 19 hours ago

      So okay, you mean metaphorically it is alive? Different ballgame, but I understand the metaphor.

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