Wooden furniture legs take a lot of abuse from vacuum cleaners and rowdy pets alike. Our resourceful research editor, Mary Levitski, shows you how to revive them.


Steps for repair
Assess the finish. While these fixes are suited to unfinished and stained wood, they can damage varnished or painted surfaces. Always spot test first!

For dents, poke a few holes in the damaged section using a thin needle. Add a drop or two of water to the dent, and cover it with a damp cloth. Iron over the cloth using the cotton setting. The water that has absorbed into the wood will evaporate, expanding the compressed cells. This is a delicate process, so check under the cloth often to avoid damaging the piece. Repeat until the wood has fully regained its shape.

3 To fix any scrapes or scuffs, mix three parts white vinegar with one part hemp or walnut oil. Using a clean cloth, rub the mixture onto the damaged area. Let dry.

Extra tip
It might sound nutty, but small scratches in wood can be camouflaged by rubbing a walnut (shell removed) diagonally into the scratch.

Stylish solution

Sofa looking fab, but its legs looking drab? Swap them out. We love the funky options from Prettypegsthat are made especially for IKEA furniture (from $33 US each), but you can get creative with a DIY project, too.

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