How To Remove Water Marks From Furniture

Today I'm sharing an all natural method I tried to remove some pretty big water stains on a vintage furniture piece.

caring for vintage furniture

I found this awesome Hall Tree on Craigslist.

It has two double coat hooks on either side and my favorite part is the cute little wavy mirror and little shelf under the mirror.

There is a little storage area where you could put your purse and umbrella storage next to that!

This is the label inside the door. I looked up Lebus Furniture and found a pretty interesting site {here}. If you go to the gallery you can see some pretty cool old catalogs, lots of Mid-Century Modern!

I believe mine is an earlier art deco piece and probably not worth a whole lot. I found one on eBay up for auction for $77. It has 23 watchers though so I'm watching now too just to see.

It doesn't matter to me though, I love it and I only paid $45!!

The umbrella holder still even has the metal tray in the bottom to catch the water. (Side note: I'm now on the hunt for some cute old umbrellas!)

Now we'll get to the water marks... It all looks pretty good except the top of the cupboard portion.

See all those water stains? The previous owner had plants sitting on it :o(

So I found a simple method on Pinterest. It almost seemed too simple but I had the ingredients in the kitchen (I think everyone does) so I thought "why not?" All it is is olive oil and regular table salt. Here is the method:
  1. Mix it up so it's a thick paste.
  2. Wipe it in a thick coat over the damaged areas and leave it to sit for about 30 minutes.
  3. Then wipe it off. I used a plastic paint scraper to slide the thick salty mess off onto a paper plate and then I used a paper towel to wipe up the rest.
The salt draws the moisture from the water stains OUT of the wood and the olive oil conditions the wood!

Now by no means does this look like new but it looks tons better in my opinion. I think it would have looked even better if the actual finish wasn't already coming off in places. See the darker areas? That's where the olive oil soaked into the wood where the finish was coming off.

I had to use my flash on my camera to get the picture too which also makes it look worse than it does in real life.

Here's a side-by-side... what do you think?