DIY : Restore your wooden table top

However much I may like the ‘rustic’ look or furniture with ‘patina’ and age, there comes a time to treat your furniture with a  little love. I decided to restore my side table and my dining table after they’ve had a little too much coffee and wine action.

This is the easiest, cheapest and most natural way that I’ve found to restore wooden table tops without the use of chemicals and overpriced waxes.


  • Clean thoroughly
  • Sand the wood so the imperfections disappear (or much as you can so it fades and blends in with the wood)
  • If your wood needs a little extra help with getting rid of stains. Cut half a lemon and rub the cut side into the grain, the acid will naturally bleach out any residue stains. Leave it for a few minutes before cleaning, wiping and then drying with a cloth.
  • Finish by making a homemade natural mix, 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts olive oil, whisk and rub into the grain.
  • Wipe away any excess oil.
  • WARNING it stinks!!!!! but only for a few hours.
  • Leave to dry over night and you’ll wake up to find a smooth, refreshed table top.

Firstly I tried this on my bargain foldaway side table from a salvage market stall in Brighton (which only cost me £10), I use this ALL of the time.



Here’s another example, my beech wood dining table from IKEA. I really thought it had it’s day but with little effort it really did scrub up well.

BEFORE + AFTERDining-table-before-and-after

This method to maintain wooden furniture is so easy and I’m going to continue to do so from now on. I only hand sanded my table tops but maybe next time I might try getting the power tools out! There’s a huge sense of pride once you’ve restored loved furniture, I recommend it highly.

If you are hesitant, try a test patch and make sure you leave it to dry for a few days to see the end result.

Have fun restoring.

H x

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  • Reply Artselect September 7, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you for giving a easiest, cheapest and most natural way for restore wooden table….
    luxurious lounges furniture

  • Reply Andy Gadsby November 5, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the hints, tips 7 tricks, Hannah
    I was just about to strip the whole table top but tried your oil/vinegar process and….fantastic! …. I wish I had taken some “before” pics now! Our charity shop bargain is going to serve us well
    Now I must start planning our 2018 Danish trip too

    • Reply Hannah November 13, 2017 at 10:14 am

      fantastic! I’m so happy that you’ve found it useful. 🙂 I’ll get working on some more Copenhagen tips too xx

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