This table was the table my mom used growing up and that I used growing up. My brother used for awhile, too. The point is that it's old and it's seen a lot of abuse. Here is the sorry state of before:
This is the table with all of the leaves in it which is why the one part is so much darker than the others. It is the least-used leaf.
Materials I Used:
- razor blade
- olive oil
- Formby's lemon oil
What an odd list, huh? I used some pins I had pinned on Pinterest to plan my attack.
1. First I mixed a 50-50 mixture of vinegar and olive oil because Pinterest told me to. I wiped it all over the table and it gave everything a nice sheen and cleaned it up a bit.
2. Then I put Vaseline on all the white water damage spots because Pinterest told me to. There were a LOT of these spots. I put Vaseline on any sort of discoloration and it worked wonders.
3. Then I slowly scraped off the paper spot with a razor blade. Then I put Vaseline on it and let it sit for awhile.
I got down to the actual LETTERS from whatever that paper is! I ever so carefully scraped them off too and it's like the paper was never there!
Then I wiped off the Vaseline in all the areas that it hadn't fully soaked in. It did wonders on all but the very worst spots! It must put some moisture back into the wood or something so they don't look so light anymore.
Finally I put on a coat of Formby's lemon oil treatment.
I can't believe how much better it looks! Those really bad spots probably need to be refinished, but for a little bit of work it looks a million times better.
Here is the table all set the night before the birthday dinner:
And here is a before and after: