Category Archives: Repairing Finishes

Don’t Live with Scratches on Your Furniture: Repairing Finishes is Possible!

Repairing finishes on furniture can usually be completed with the right tools, the right materials, and the right amount of effort. The finish on furniture, especially old furniture that has endured decades of use and abuse from its owners, is often damaged in one way or another. The most common damages to finish occur by accident – – a wet glass of water is placed on the surface, a hot cup of coffee is put down without a coaster, a cat scratches it, a child puts a sticker on it, or a cigarette falls on it and causes a burn mark.

Most furniture owners become upset when the finish on their furniture is damaged, but they learn to live with the blemishes and scratches, and they cover up the areas with vases, a tablecloth, magazines, or other decorations. They do not attempt to fix the damaged areas because they simply do not know how to repair wood finishes. However, it is possible to repair furniture finish by spending a minimal amount of money and exerting a small amount of effort.

The methods to use when attempting to repair the finish on a piece of furniture depend on the materials used to originally finish the wood. Is the piece finished with lacquer? Varnish? Stain? Paint? The type of finish will dictate the methods you will use to attempt repairs.

Fixing Furniture Dents

Furniture Dents are Almost Always Minor and Can be Repaired with Relative Ease Unfortunately furniture dents occur no matter how careful we are. Even in the most protected environment, there is always going to be an accidental bump or drop. In most cases, dents are considered minor and can be fixed relatively easily. In rare […]
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Crumbling – Powdery Wood Finish

Crumbling and Powdery Wood Finish is Commonly Referred to as ‘Perishing Varnish’ When a crumbling and powdery appearance begins to form on a piece of wood furniture, furniture experts often refer to the phenomenon as ‘perishing varnish.’ The word perishing means: to disappear gradually. Causes of Perishing Varnish Before thinking about ...
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Repairing Cracking and Crazing Furniture Finishes

Cracking and Crazing Wood Finishes Can Sometimes be Repaired The terms “cracking” and “crazing” are often interchangeable. Both refer to a common problem that can occur with the finish of wood furniture. The best way to describe cracking and crazing is to compare it to how a broken mirror or piece of glass might look […]
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Cigarette Burn in the Furniture Finish

A Cigarette Burn in the Finish Can Be Removed and the Finish can be Restored Do you smoke? If so, there is a good chance that you have accidentally burned your wood furniture once or twice with a lit cigarette. Even if you are not a smoker, you might have a piece of furniture that […]
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Chipped Furniture Finish

A Chipped Furniture Finish Can and Should be Repaired Does your favorite piece of furniture have a chipped finish? There are many reasons that furniture becomes chipped. Some of the most common include accidentally hitting it with a vacuum cleaner, bumping it into a wall or another piece of furniture while moving it, and not […]
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Blushing and White Spots on Wood Furniture

Blushing and white spots on wood furniture can be caused by exposure to excessive moisture and humidity. These discolorations look like milky or cloudy spots, and can make an otherwise beautiful piece of furniture look dull and damaged. If this happens, you might initially think the entire piece must be refinished, but it is actually […]
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