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Any suggestions for a damaged DR table?

Lori711January 18, 2013
This friend's diningroom table has been distroyed by two (former) cats sliding across it and a puppy teething on the bottom of one leg. Any suggestions besides the usual refinishing approach?
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Thank you kindly but this is not a floor, it's a dining room table. Please read what caused this problem in the write-up. Thank you so much. By the way, I love the picture you posted of the inlay for a floor problem! Again, this is a table.
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 10:32PM
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I think sanding and restaining is the only option and only if the scratches aren't too deep.
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 10:37PM
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Marie Hebson's interiorsBYDESIGN Inc.
Hmmm, I'd find a local furniture refinsher, have them give you they're opinion of whether or not it is salvageable.
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 10:40PM
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Manon Floreat
The most inexpensive thing to try first is the Old English Scratch Cover furniture polish. I've used it with good results - but it does depend on how deep the scratches are. Otherwise, you may have to look into refinishing. Refinishing is quite DIY friendly if you take your time and follow the steps.

1 Like    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 10:41PM
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I had a puppy that decided that a hand-made quilt rack was his chew toy. I still use it and ignore the damage - it was quite bad. So I've been through that. But I also have a damaged furniture repaired and it was not that expensive and I was really happy with the results. It sure beats having to buy a new table or always having a table cloth on.

I also refinished end table tops that someone spilled water on and didn't clean up. But that was when I did a lot of sweat equity in my home. I'm pretty handy and it wasn't that bad. These days I would have someone else do it.

Good luck!
    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 10:51PM
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Lori, I had this happen and this worked on mine: Steinway ( yes, the piano people) conditioner/ cleaner in a spray can. It is not cheap-6 bucks a can- but boy is it worth every penny. Clean the table well. Then buy a furniture stain retouch marker closest to the wood color. Go lighter rather than darker if you don't find an exact match. You can find these at hardware stores, online or Home Depot for around 4 dollars. They look, and work, like magic markers! Fill in the scratches and wipe away excess with soft cloth. When dry, use Steinway high gloss polish (another 6 bucks). If it's good enough for rare, antique Steinways it should be safe for our tables! :-)
I am not a furniture expert but was told about this by a guy who works for a living fixing furniture at a furniture store. I guess it depends on how deep the scratches are but why not try it first...I was amazed at the results of mine. Seriously. Good Luck!
1 Like    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 11:08PM
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