Cherry wood furniture exudes a warm, rich feel in any room of a house. Cherry timber furniture is timeless and traditional in style. The red hues of the timber scream luxury. Unless of course, the cherry timber furniture is marred with scratches, gouges and nicks. Cherry timber has been used to make a wide variety of furniture including tables, beds, cabinets and chairs for hundreds of years because Cherry stands up to the test of time and the color never goes out of style.
Never pass up furniture with beautiful lines and detailing at yard sales, used furniture stores or attic finds just because the finish and timber are not in picture perfect condition. Restoring furniture is a money saver and may soon become your new favorite hobby.
Sliding rough items across a cherry table leaves surface scratches, crashing into a chair with a vacuum can leave a nick in the timber, kids playing or any type of impact can damage the look of your cherry furniture. Repairing the furniture and restoring the appearance is not as hard as it sounds. Having a few items on hand is all it takes to brings cherry beds, tables and chairs back to their former beauty.
Twist a clean, well worn, cotton rag tightly until the fabric has a pointed edge. Rub the pointed edge through cordovan shoe polish. Use the pointed tip of the rag to distribute the red color to the scratch. Only apply a very light coat of shoe polish, just enough to cover the base of the scratch. Let the shoe polish dry for an hour or two. Rub cherry colored paste furniture wax onto a microfiber rag and apply a coat over the entire surface of the furniture. Let the wax dry. Buff the dried wax off the surface with a chamois rag.
Paint light layers of a cherry colored scratch cover marker or crayon over the base of the scratch. Or you can apply a cherry colored liquid or gel timber stain with an artist's paintbrush. Always apply very light, thin coats, let them dry and add more if the scratch cover is not dark enough. It is much easier to darken scratch cover or timber stain than it is to lighten it. Wait for each coat to completely dry before adding another coat. Apply a coat of cherry timber paste wax after the scratch cover or timber stain dries. Buff the dried wax off with a chamois cloth or microfiber cloth.
Nick or Gouge Repair
If you have a nick or gouge in your cherry furniture, buy cherry colored timber filler or timber repair putty. Pick up the timber filler with an old credit card or other piece of stiff plastic and press it deep into the nick or gouge. Pull the plastic across the top of the timber filler to remove the excess. Let the cherry timber filler dry for two to three hours. Sand the timber filler with 400-grit sandpaper and wipe the area with a tack rag. Apply a coat of cherry paste furniture wax. Buff the dry wax off the surface with a chamois cloth.
If you have antique or vintage cherry furniture that is valuable, consider hiring a professional to restore the scratches or nicks.
Protect your Cherry Furniture from Warping and Cracking
Avoid keeping your furniture in an overly dry room.
Don't store timber furniture in hot attics or damp basements.
Keep chairs, beds and tables out of direct sunlight.
Apply wood oil every three to four months to keep the wood from drying out.
Paint on a coat of polyurethane to any wood surfaces that are raw or unprotected.