As anyone who owns a home knows, little problems that need fixing popup all the time. These needed quick fixes may not seem like much one at a time, but combined they can require a lot of valuable time that could be better spent crossing off more urgent items on your to-do list. With this in mind, here is a list of some cheap, quick fixes for common household furniture problems.
Trying to keep one eye on your coffee and the other on the morning paper can make even the laziest of Sunday mornings a precarious affair. While stuffing a handful of sugar packets under an uneven leg will do in a pinch at a restaurant, your kitchen or dinning room table deserves a less sweet solution.
Instead of spending the weekend sanding down the other three table legs, you can just grab a handy tube of silicone sealant, such as caulk, to take care of the problem. Just flip the table over, and place a small blob of caulk onto the bottom of the wobbly leg, and let it dry. Once you turn the table over, the caulk will solve your unsteady table problem.
Pits of Despair
If you’re the type of person who can’t resist drumming along whenever you hear the In-A-Gaddda-Da-Vida or whose baby does an excellent Neil Peart or John Bonham impression, then your kitchen table may have a few small dents that need removing. Using a fine-point needle, prick the surface of the dent before covering it with a moist cloth. Place an iron on top of the cloth until it starts to steam. The moisture from the cloth will begin to seep into the table’s wood, causing the fibers to swell, and filling the dent back out. (A word of warning, however. This technique won’t work if your table has a veneer covering, as the steam will cause the veneer to separate and peel.)
Despite your best efforts, or the nagging of others, odds are you’ve probably been guilty of not using a coaster on more than one occasion. Ridding your wooden coffee table of those pesky rings means no longer having to subscribe to magazines you don’t want just so you have something to cover them with. Dribble a couple of drops of machine oil onto the table’s surface, and mix in a little ground up pumice (available for purchase at most home and garden centers) until you create a paste. Massage the paste in around the rings using either a soft cloth or the tips of your fingers until the rings have disappeared. Simply wipe off the paste with a moist cloth, and then dry the surface.
Stacks of Wax
Whether you’re a fan of candlelight dinners or just like to pretend the year is 1630, blobs of wax left on your wooden table can make setting things down one part adventure, two parts jigsaw puzzle. Fortunately, those piles of wax are easy to remove. Just rub an ice cube in a ziplock bag or a freeze pack over the wax until hard, and then chip it away using the edge of your library card. The harden wax will come right off, and the you’ll finally be able to answer the next time some asks when you’ve used your library card. A win-win situation.
Timothy Lemke write about health and home improvement for AMS/API, a company that serves all of your job shop Portland needs.