How to Hide Surface Scratches on Wood Furniture

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If you enjoy finding bargains at thrift stores or garage sales, you can most likely benefit from tips on how to hide surface scratches on wood furniture. No one can deny the fact that you can often find quality, second-hand wooden furniture at garage sales. Often, the only flaw is a minor surface scratch on the furniture piece. Don't make the same mistake that others make and lose out on the bargain. Some mistakenly think that they have to refinish the entire surface in order to get rid of scratches, but that is not always the case. It is possible to hide surface scratches on wood furniture without restaining the entire piece.

Things you need to hide surface scratches on wood furniture:

  • Rag
  • Furniture stain
  • Shoe polish
  • Cotton swab
  • Furniture marker
  • Olive oil
  • Instant coffee
  • Furniture polish

Tip #1 - Dip the corner of a rag in a small can of furniture stain. Be sure that the stain matches the wood color. Dab a piece of cardboard with the rag to get rid of any excess stain. Rub the stain into the scratch with back and forth motion. The stain should hide the scratch and make it disappear. Apply a coat of furniture polish or wax to further blend in the stain.

Tip #2 - Apply shoe polish to the scratch. You can use liquid or wax polish. Put a bit of shoe polish on a cotton swab and rub it into the scratch. Polish as usual.

Tip #3 - Fill in the scratch with a felt tip marker. Some suggest using eyeliner pencil. Another option is to purchase a furniture marker.

Tip #4 - Use olive oil if your wooden furniture piece is a lighter wood, such as pine or oak. Rub the olive oil into the stain. The oil will darken the wood. For dark wood furniture pieces, mix about 1 teaspoon of instant coffee to 1 teaspoon of water or olive oil. Rub the mixture into the scratch, then polish the surface with a clean cloth.

Next time you see a quality piece of wood furniture at a second-hand store or garage sale, don't be afraid to buy it. You can easily hide those surface scratches and successfully incorporate it into your home decor.

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