Sometimes when I go look at retro shops, I marvel at how cool everything looks and wish my home looked the same. But I forget that I have a house full of teak furniture with tapered legs! Things look good in the shops because they have been polished up to show their true beauty.
So when I picked up a can of furniture polish and gave our furniture some much-needed TLC, I was surprised how well everything came up. I wish I’d done it sooner. Just an hour or two and everything looked great again. That’s the beauty of wooden furniture.
I was able to disguise most of the scratches and bring out the beautiful grain of the timber again. Perhaps I should have been using proper teak oil, but I have heard that its fumes are toxic. As you can see from the Before and After pictures, there are some places where the varnish has come off. I think that to address this would involve stripping back all the varnish and re-surfacing it. Deeper scratches could then be lightly sanded out. But that’s a job best left to a professional.
Doing this job made me realise just how much I love our dining table: it’s the place where we talk, eat and enjoy happy times together as a family. And how much I love my forty-dollar desk: the place where I study, blog and manage the family paperwork. It’s damaged in the corner, and when the desk finally falls apart I will need to find a replacement. Of course I have been looking at lovely rosewood and walnut desks from Denmark with tambour cupboards, but perhaps spending so much on a desk might hamper my creative process!
If you have any tips on how to disguise the larger scratches, please let me know in the Comments below!