How To Repair Your Furniture-a little first aid tutorial

Deb & Steve Love
Published on June 24, 2017

How To Repair Your Furniture-a little first aid tutorial

When furniture arrives in your home, it’s factory-issued, perfect and clean (well unless you got it from a local yard sale…but that’s a different post!)From that day forward, however, accidents can happen, causing damage to your pieces. Sometimes the damage is permanent.

Well, we want you to know how to react & repair when the inevitable spill or scratch (especially if you have a dog that you love but she she can make a flying leap onto the dining room table from 6 feet away, but then scratches the heck out of the surface as she slides across it…dang, MJ!) occurs and you can “save” your furniture and extend its useful life.  Below you will find a really good video that shows you how to repair That!


Now, if you find that you are in need of other suggestions, here are some other tips for furniture repair.


  • Moisture “rings” : Pour table salt (yep, I got this straight from Martha Stewart) on the white rings/haze and cover with a terry cloth. Apply hair dryer on low setting until rings are gone.
  • Alcohol spills : Blot spills immediately, do not rub. Apply small amounts of ammonia to damage.
  • Wax spills : Allow to cool and harden, then freeze the wax with an ice cube in a sandwich bag. Use a butter knife to gently scrape off wax.


  • Red wine stains : Cover wine with table salt and let sit until salt has wicked up the wine. Vacuum salt and repeat, as necessary. Blot remaining stains with damp cloth and dish soap.
  • General spills : Repeatedly blot with a damp white cloth. Use white cloths to prevent dye transfer.
  • Oil spills : Cover spill with baking soda and vacuum once absorbed. Blot remaining stains with rubbing alcohol


  • General stains : Blot with all-purpose household cleaner. To prevent fading in the upholstery, avoid products with bleach or bleach alternatives (can I say Duh here?).
  • Scratches : Apply saddle soap to a damp cloth and rub the scratch to help it “blend in”. It won’t go away.

When your dog can leap onto the table, you need to be able to repair it, right?

The tips on leather furniture also make mention that you should never bother with touch-up kits or colored markers (which I whole hardily agree with having bought into one of those kits this and tried it).  After I painstakingly matched up the color, and delicately applied the stain, I stood back to admire my handiwork in repairing my dark brown leather couch. It looked like my grandkids went on a coloring frenzy with magic markers.  It’s nearly impossible to match leather colors and your repair work will only make the scratch more noticeable.

And…For those of you who are inclined to take on more extensive projects (those more diy inclined to Restore and add to rather than repair your furniture), here are some resources to get you started!


How To Add A Seating Area To Your Kitchen Island

Remodeling Your Closet

Installing A Bathtub Surround

And, finally… if you Don’t want to repair, and want to just move…we can help you there too!

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