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8 Quick Fixes For Your Worn Out Table and Chairs

Home furniture experiences a great deal of everyday wear and tear. With all the use, tabletop stains, wobbly chairs and scratched floors are almost inevitable. Here are cheap, quick fixes for some common furniture problems.

TABLE TODDLE:
Mealtimes feel precarious as your table wobbles and shifts.

THE QUICK FIX
If a trip to the hardware store is out of the question, turn the table over, put a blob of silicone sealant on the bottom of the offending leg, and let it dry. Then flip the table over and it should be stable. However, you can do a more formal fix by purchasing nail-in leg guides (small plastic feet). Buy the adjustable kind to ensure you can stabilize the table. Use only one if a single leg is noticeably the short man out.

IT'S THE PITS:
The baby's drumming has left a nice collection of craters on the surface of your pine kitchen table.

THE QUICK FIX
Small dents are a cinch to remove. Prick the surface of the dent several times with a fine-point needle and then cover with a moistened cloth. Put your iron on low heat and iron the cloth until it begins to steam. The moisture will infiltrate the wood and swell the wood fibers, filling out the dent. The steam will raise the grain so you'll need to lightly sand after raising the dent. Note: A word of caution! Don't use this technique on a table covered in veneer--the veneer will separate and peel up once you steam the underlying adhesive.

COVER YOUR TRACKS:
How many times have you been asked to use a coaster? Now you have to find a way to get rid of those water rings on the wooden coffee table.

THE QUICK FIX
Drip a few drops of machine oil on the surface of the wood and mix in some ground pumice (available at home centers) to make a loose paste. Rub the paste around the rings with the tip of your finger until the rings are gone, then wipe off the paste with a damp cloth and dry the surface.

SPECIAL PLACES:
You notice that the finish is wearing on the dining table in the places where the family always sits.

THE QUICK FIX
A common problem, says Leonard Lewin, author of Shopping for Furniture: A Consumer's Guide. His suggestion: "Rotate the dining room table just as you would a mattress. Small families tend to sit at the same places, causing undue wear at those points on the table. Rotating evens out the wear."

WAX AND WANE:
That candlelit dinner gave you a memorable evening, but the wax blobs on your wood table are making for a depressing day after.

THE QUICK FIX
Don't despair. Freeze the wax with a freezer-pack or an ice cube in a plastic bag. When hard, the wax can be chipped off the table with the edge of a credit card.

RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD:
The metal legs of your kitchen chairs cut right through their end caps, scratching your linoleum.

THE QUICK FIX
Replace the end caps with new rubber leg tips (available at home centers) and stuff a coin or metal slug inside each tip before slipping it on the end of the chair leg. The coin or slug prevents the end of the leg from cutting into the rubber tip.

RUNG OUT:
One of your dining room chairs is complaining and splaying every time someone sits down on it--a lawsuit could be only a matter of time.

THE QUICK FIX
Over time and prolonged use, chair rungs can work themselves loose. The simplest way to remedy the situation is to inject white woodworker's glue around the rung and clamp the legs until the joint dries. Chances are, you don't have woodworking clamps lying around, but don't let that stop you. Strap a belt around the legs, compressing them together by notching the belt as tightly as possible. Once the glue dries, chisel any excess glue that has bled out, and the chair will be stable once again.

ROCK ON:
That favorite rocking chair is in danger of leaving its mark on your lovely--not to mention expensive--hardwood floors.

THE QUICK FIX
Line the bottom of the rockingchair runners with the self-adhesive protective felt stripping often used on the bottom of doors. You can find it at hardware stores and home centers.

Source : http://www.popularmechanics.com/home...terior/4322930

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this is very informative! thank you

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