Lock the the dining room door and only allow selected adults in there.
Use a tablecloth, chair covers, etc. Try a quality furniture wax, but
sparingly. Keep in mind that after 20 years or so the distressed areas
all blend together and add character which no one will particularly
notice. In other words, if your goal is show room quality, keep it in
a showroom. Otherwise, enjoy the furniture and just grow old together.
I'm no wood finishing expert, but I've had real good luck doing an
all-over wipedown with Minwax gel stain in the appropriate color. It
doesn't really fix the scratches, but it makes them mostly vanish unless
you look with a bright light and a magnifying glass. It made some pieces
I was going to set out by the street look 'good enough' that I went
ahead moved them inside here at the new (to me) place, to tide me over
till I trip across a better replacement at a price I can stand. (Almost
all my wood pieces come from auctions or garage sales- new good quality
Real Wood pieces are something that I didn't have the cash flow for
until recently, and I <will not> buy chipboard or fake woodgrain.)
Just wipe it on with a rag or paper towel, wait ten minutes, and rub out
hard with an old disposable bath towel. It doesn't take much, other than
on bare wood. One suntan-oil sized bottle can do several pieces. Best to
do it in garage or outside- they will stink for a couple hours. Buy a
box of rubber gloves- the Minwax stains hands bad. Also does real good
on sun-faded dried out wood pieces, like those that sat by a window for
years without getting waxed. The usual disclaimer applies about DIY
refinish jobs on any pieces that are actual capital-A 'Antiques'- it
will kill any collector value.
Grin, having dealt with a house with 4 cats, I feel your pain!
You didnt define 'nice glossy surface' (Urythane? Something like that?) but
if it' a real wood with a wax finish I got a winner for ya. Got an eyebrow
or eyelid liner pencil thats like a crayon and kinda soft? Run that lightly
along the scratch in the right color for the wood, and it will then wax in
This is also harmless to try on other 'coated' wood surfaces and if it
doesnt work, you can take it back off again neatly with just hot water and a
sponge, or facial cold-cream, or mineral oil.
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