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The furniture aren't very damaged, just a bit worn.

I don't have any knowledge or experience on the subject, I'm just trying to revive them a bit. I'd rather not unscrew it or take it apart.

I found information on the topic, but I'm not sure which are relevant to my case, and I don't want to mess it up.

I think I have to use wood finish, but I don't know of which type whatsoever. And I'm not sure either wether I have to scrub it.

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Did you try starting with a basic furniture polish to see if it helps? –  Hemm May 4 '13 at 22:38
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Can't tell what sort of varnish, if any, is on there, but it looks like it's come off in the worn places you care about anyway. Without a complete refinish job, you can try touching up much of the damage you picture with a swab that's been dipped in a dark oak (or red oak) stain. Just put a little stain in the places the finish is gone, wait 20 min. and wipe off gently. The result will not be as good as a complete strip, sand, restain and refinish job, but with the correct choice of stain color I've seen this method take things from fug-ugly to really not too shabby. If you go this route, be sure to test it on a small, inconspicuous area first.

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Getting a mismatch of color could make it worse, so I'd add to try it on an area that isn't visible or obvious. –  Hemm May 4 '13 at 22:39
    
@Hemm Exactly. It looks like a pretty standard dark oak stain, w flecks of black paint, in the pictures, but pix can be deceiving. –  Wayfaring Stranger May 4 '13 at 23:12
    
You're probably right about the oak colour : now I recall there is "tudor oak" written on the back of one of them ! So I'll go to a DIY store and ask for Oak Couloured Wood Stain, and then apply it carefully to the affected areas if the coulour matches, right ? –  hugo May 5 '13 at 5:50
    
@hugu I don't believe stain color names are standardized, especially with older furniture. "Tudor oak" could also just be a brand. The color of the wood itself can vary a lot and make it harder to match. –  Hemm May 9 '13 at 7:04
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