Are you afraid to buy furniture at thrift stores because you don’t want to go to the trouble of fixing the furniture up? Are you leery of power tools? Well, fear not! You can easily fix up wooden thrift store furniture with only household items–no big tools needed.
Step One: Assess the furniture in the store.
You need to decide if you like the lines of the furniture, if it’s the right size and style, especially if you are not looking to use power tools.If you are willing to use some hefty tools, then you can cut the furniture down and change out pieces to make a style change, but that’s not really the goal here, right? So if you like the look, the size, and the style, make sure there aren’t any major structural failures.
Make sure that your iron has no water in it, and then heat up the iron to the cotton setting (medium high). Place the t-shirt down on the table, and then run the iron over the t-shirt, pressing down slightly but keeping the iron moving. Check periodically to see if you need to move to a clean section of shirt until all the wax is removed.
You can use this technique on crayon marks, too. Have other marks? Try a magic eraser. If it’s water marks, there are products that you can find at your local hardware stores that is marketed to remove them; if it doesn’t work, you may need to sand.
This step is all it took for this table, but if you have drawers or more detail work, you may want to try the following: use furniture wax (like pledge) to clean the surface, sprinkle all surfaces with baking soda, or put cat litter in the drawers for a few days.
I have also heard of rubbing walnut meat on chips, using crayons, or a thin dab of paint. Just be sure to match your medium to the existing wood. The chips on this piece were very minimal, and since I’m still deciding if I am going to leave it “as-is” or if I’ll paint it, I decided to skip this step entirely.
Have a great day!
Susan Fenton says
Thanks for the suggestion. I tried a lot to clean THRIFT STORE FURNITURE but I can’t do that. Your suggestion helped me to get rid of this problem
Dan Collins says
I also love buying from thrift stores and it’s always a struggle for me on how to clean them. Good thing that I have found your post and this will definitely help me on doing so. Thank you!
Luis Parker says
Nice DIY guide! This piece of furniture worth $2.50 is a win for me.
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Richard Smith says
Cleaning furniture is an easy thing for me.