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    Our America Now home improvement expert, Dailyn Matthews, says there are important tools beyond the basics you should consider.
    If you have a toolbox at home, chances are you've got a hammer, a screwdriver and maybe a pair of pliers in it. But our America Now home improvement expert, Dailyn Matthews, says there are important tools beyond the basics you should consider.

Repairing furniture is a frugal alternative to replacing it, but professional restoration can be expensive. Here are a few easy ways you can do it yourself for less.

When it comes to dents and scratches on furniture, the depth of the wound determines what you use to fix it.

For surface scratches, use the appropriate colored wood marker.

If the ding is deeper, use a wood-filling crayon. Rub it back and forth until the scratch is filled, then do the same with a rag to remove the excess.

If you take a chunk out of a table, stainable wood filler will level it out. When the filler dries, sand it so that it's flat. Typically, you'd want to stain it to match, but a wood marker blended the color well. Not perfect, but it looks a lot better.

If you have a side table with years of damage from cups without coasters, first, sand it with 180 grit sandpaper to get the finish off. Warning - this will take at least half an hour. All that dust and dirt has to be cleaned with mineral spirits and a damp cloth. Then another sanding with 220 grit and another dose of mineral spirits.

When the surface dries, you can stain. Stain likes to be stirred, not shaken. Bubbles wreak havoc on liquid stain. You'll want at least two coats of stain and two coats of polyurethane - you will want to use a new disposable brush for each coat.

One project you should leave to the professionals: damaged veneer. It's difficult to match and apply.

In the end, it's much cheaper to fix these pieces yourself. The total cost: $50. Repairs to the side table alone would have cost around $200.

And one more tip: Condensation from drinks causes white, cloudy rings to show on wood surfaces. To get those off, wipe them with petroleum jelly or a baking soda and water mix.

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