How to Remove Water Stains From Wood Furniture

3 Materials
1 Hour

I try to make a weekly stop at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore to see what kind of furniture has been dropped off over the weekend. My luckiest most recent find was a mid-century modern dresser I bought for $70 that's worth at least $2000 if restored. Unfortunately, it was in sad shape. I don't plan on reselling it, but I wanted to at least find a way to erase the years of neglect without having to strip the finish. To see the full tutorial along with the after pictures, click over to my blog here:

The dresser had several dark water stains on the top and on the front of the drawers. I'm guessing someone sat potted plants on top of it. After using it in our guest room, it had acquired another mysterious white water stain.

Now, the problem is, I might be bringing home more furniture that I otherwise would overlook. What are the tricks you use to get rid of water stains? Let me know in the comments. :)

Suggested materials:
  • A common household cleaner
  • Furniture restoring and scratch remover
  • Steel Wool
Tricia @ Simplicity In The South
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