See it to Believe it. Mayonnaise is the Key!

Do you remember this vase of flowers sitting on the table in How to Farmhouse Style Your July Fourth Table post?

July Fourth Farmhouse Breakfast

We were out of town for several days after setting the tablescape (and side table) for my post.  When I returned home and moved the vase to dump the water, I was quite surprised.  A deep ring had formed on this treasured table HH’s grandfather made by hand “back in the day”.  Yikes!

I did a little research and discovered mayonnaise might be the answer.

Water Ring Furniture Repair

All you do is spread the mayo along the ring line.  Cover it completely.

Water Ring Furniture Repair

Then place a napkin over the area and mash it into the mayonnaise.  Let it sit for 15 minutes or more.  I left mine for 30 minutes – just in case.

Water Ring Furniture Repair

Wipe away the mayo and inspect.

Water Ring Furniture Repair

It was late at night, and a ring was still visible, so I left it until morning.

Water Ring Furniture Repair

The next morning, I rubbed Old English Furniture Polish (with stain) into it, and it filled in the areas where the water damaged the finish.  The table finish looks lighter below due to daylight coming through the window.

Water Ring Furniture Repair

That was the easiest furniture finish fix I’ve done in a while!  🙂  Did you know about mayonnaise for repairing furniture damage?  Am I the only one who didn’t know?






  1. Rhonda says

    Yep, I did!!! I have used it before for and had good results!

    I also use Mayo in place of oil in my cornbread recipe. Makes it fluffier and rise really well!!!

    • says

      Great! I think I’ll try it next time I make cornbread. Who wouldn’t like fluffier cornbread? Thanks for the info! 🙂