How can repair my kitchen table and I’m not a very good DIY’er?


Over the years my kitchen table is showing the signs of age. I need to fix it with as little fuss as possible. Any tips would be appreciated. Thank you, Belinda

q how can repair my kitchen table and i m not a very good diy er
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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Apr 28, 2021

    Hi Belinda! My table was looking just like that so I had to fix it up too! A little sanding, some staining and reapplying of polyacrylic was all that was needed. Very easy!

  • Judy in Canton. Judy in Canton. on Apr 28, 2021

    Old English makes furniture polish in different wood shades. Try rubbing that on to blend in the scratches.

  • I have a great set of furniture markers I picked up at Home Depot and I use them on everything...tables, chair, vanities, wood floors. They're not great for huge jobs, but for touch ups like what you have, they may do the trick.

  • Dolores Dolores on Apr 28, 2021

    if there is no severe wear, you can use Denatured Alcohol. Just dampen the corner of a clean, lint free cloth with some Denatured Alcohol and wipe in the direction of the grain of wood across the worn area(s). Be sure to start each swipe several inches away from the area to be "repaired" and always wipe in the same direction...NOT back and forth.

    This will soften the existing varnish and smooth it out across the worn areas. Then give your repair several hours to reharden.

    This method will keep the color consistant and looking original.

    You may want to practice on an inconspicuous area first.

    • Belinda Belinda on Apr 29, 2021

      Thank you for answering. Things I have never heard of. Learning as I read. Belinda

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Apr 28, 2021

    Hi! You are getting great advice from everyone! Keep in mind for a more long term solution is to refinish the top. Stripping, sanding, staining and sealing will give you a durable surface that even a beginner can do. If you take your time, it can be done inside with minimal muss and fuss. Citristrip is my favorite because it works well and has minimal odor. Good luck!

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Apr 29, 2021

    You could strip it and sand it down

  • Annie Annie on Apr 29, 2021

    You could try using some stain and a few coats of varethane. To do a proper job it should be sanded down completely and re finished

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Apr 30, 2021

    i would just condition with Old English

  • on May 01, 2021

    Try Restor-a-Finish. You basically just wipe it on. Very easy and works!

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on May 01, 2021

    It appears your top coat is coming off.

    If this is happening a little, then yes, the denatured alcohol will work.

    If it’s only in this area, you could try a tiny bit of clear nail polish and feather the edges.

  • Dee Dee on May 01, 2021

    I would get some minwax stain to match. Thin it out with mineral spirits and apply. Or get Old English colored stain and apply. This is the quickest easiest way without stripping and refinishing the entire top.

  • You could try some Feed n’ Wax, see if that helps.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 06, 2021


    Cover it with a tablecloth or use a sharpie pen th colour of the grain and draw over the marks.