Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Trashtastic Tuesday- How to Remove Water Stains from Wood

Hey all!  Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday!  This is a little series around here where I show you something that I thrifted, sometimes I make it over, sometimes I don’t.  Or it may be something that I have owned and I am tired of, or no longer like, so I make it over.  But nevertheless, it is usually something that I paid very little money for.  Today I want to show you a great tip that I found recently for removing water marks on wood furniture.  I purchased this side table over a year ago for $5 at The Mission.  I really liked the modern lines.  And it has some really pretty inlay on the top.  It is also very sturdy solid wood.

I bought it to use in our family room, and have been using it, water stains an all.  But a couple of weeks ago, I was spring cleaning in the family room, and I decided it was time to tackle this table.  This is the table when I took a picture of it in the store. 


This is the top of the table.  Lots of damage.  I didn’t know for sure if I could ever restore it, but for $5 I figured I would paint it if I couldn’t. 


I searched around and found a solution.  I would love to tell you where I found this recipe, but I can’t find it anywhere now!  I could have sworn I had it pinned, but I am not finding it.   Anyway, here is what you will need:

Recipe for removing Water Stains and marks from furniture:
Olive Oil
Table Salt
Mix the olive oil and the salt in a bowl to make a thick paste.  The salt draws out the moisture, and the olive oil feeds the wood.  And it is magical.  Then, simply rub the paste onto the damaged area.  I made mine pretty thick, and just sat it on the areas where I had damage.  Leave sit for approximately :30 minutes, and wipe all excess paste off of furniture.  All of the stains will magically be gone!

Look at the results!  I took pictures from a few different angles for you to see that the stains are virtually gone. 





Honestly, I couldn’t believe my eyes at how well this worked.  This table, looks like new!  $5 for this table, and an easy fix to restore it, now that is Trashtastic!


This room was being used as Our Swedish Exchange student’s bedroom for 10 months, and we are just now getting it back to a family room.  I have plans for some d├ęcor changes in here, so stay tuned!


Update (08/11/16):  This is a more updated look at the room today.  You can read more about our family room by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by today for Trashtastic Tuesday!  Do you have any furniture that has water marks?  What have you tried to get rid of them?  Let me know if you try this solution, and how it works for you! 

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