How to Fix Smoky, Burnt Varnish


Solid wood tables have a lovely look and are pretty hard wearing for the most part, but when the varnish starts to get old, anything hot put on the table tends to leave a burnt, smoky mark. Today I want to show you how you can fix these marks and give your wood table more life.


  • Olive oil
  • Salt (the coarseness depends on what you prefer, coarser salt will make the job faster, but has a tendency to leave scratches. Table salt will probably be OK.)
  • A rag
  • Container and weights (optional)

1. Pour a bit of olive oil onto the mark you are trying to remove

2. Sprinkle an equal amount of salt onto the oil

3. Now take your rag and using a circular motion rub the salt and oil into the mark.

NOTE: If the mark is very deep and taking a while to come out, try and use a slightly coarser 
grain salt.

4.Some marks can be deep and require some patience and a good deal of rubbing in. As a helpful tip, if you get something heavy and put it on top of your rag all you have to do is push it around.

5. And there you have it! Your smoky varnish is gone.

Well, I hope you found this little DIY helpful and that your tables are the better for it.

God Bless,
Written by
Miss Sabrina

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