how to restore worn spots on coffee table

Restoring Worn Spots On a Coffee Table

What You’ll Need

  • fine-grit sand paper or steel wool
  • wood filler or wax
  • a putty knife
  • a clean cloth

The Process

  1. Clean the area – Use a damp cloth and some wood cleaner to wipe down the area you would like to restore. Allow it to dry completely.
  2. Sand the area – Gently sand the area using either fine-grit sand paper or steel wool. If the area is dealing with deep scratches and grooves, gently maintain the motion of sanding in the same direction of the wood grain. Keep sanding until the area is smooth.
  3. Fill the area – Using either a wood filler or wax, fill in the area you sanded. You can use a putty knife to apply the filler or wax. Make sure to fill it in the same direction as the wood grain.
  4. Wipe away any excess – Once you have filled the area, use a damp cloth and simply wipe away any excess.
  5. Allow time to settle – Allow the area to completely settle and dry. Depending on the product you used, this could take anywhere from a couple of hours to even days.
  6. Polish and Finish – Once the area has settled, use a wood polish and finish the area off with a clean cloth.


By following the steps above, you can restore the worn spots of your coffee table with relative ease. Always be sure to use the right materials when restoring your furniture, as properly maintaining your furniture can help it last longer.

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