French distressed furniture look by refinishing using flat white paint and rubbed with brown shoe polish. It was then given a coat of water based satin polyurethane. Perhaps the Trewax that I bought would also work.
Lily & Thistle: A Quick Trick for damaged wood. I can't believe how well this worked. Mix together cup of canola/olive oil and cup vinegar. Dip a rag in it and simply wipe. Lily & Thistle: A Quick Trick