No matter what your furniture is made of, time is eventually going to mar its once pristine condition. Especially if it’s made of wood and you’re constantly using it, it’s bound to develop nicks and scratches at one point or another. But just because it shows a bit of wear and tear, it doesn’t mean that it’s time for a trip to the furniture store. In fact, there are some very easy and simple DIY hacks, compiled by Home Hacks, that will restore anything made from wood to its former glory.
Crayons can fix even the deep-set scratches. Make sure you choose a crayon that matches the color of your furniture but don’t worry if you can’t find one. You can also combine two or more colors. Start by grating the crayons in a small bowl. Then put the bowl in a pan of boiling water to melt them. Drip the melted mixture into the scratch and remove the excess with a butter knife.
2. Vinegar and olive oil
It can’t possibly be that easy! Oh, but it is! It works like magic!
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Iodine can cover up the scratches on your dark wood furniture. Put some on a cotton ball and apply on the nicks. Wipe with a paper towel to remove the excess.
If you don’t have some iodine handy, you can use some strongly brewed coffee instead. Applying the coffee, in the same manner, will mask the visibly damaged dark colored wood. Another option is to rub the coffee grounds into the scratch using a cotton swab.
Who knew that you can fix scratched wood with walnuts? There are two ways you can go about this: one is to rub the kernel on the nick; the other is to get a soft cloth with some walnut oil on it and use that instead. Both options will leave your wooden furniture looking like new.
Watercolors or oil-based paint can also be used to conceal the marks on wooden surfaces. Get a paintbrush and choose a hue that is slightly darker than your furniture and dab away! Unfortunately, this hack won’t work on polyurethane finishes.
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7. Eyebrow pencil
An oil-based eyebrow pencil works wonders on small scratches.
8. Peanut butter
This is how you repair larger gouges: grab some peanut butter and rub it into the scratch. Wait an hour or so, then wipe off the excess. Buff it out to repair the damages.
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9. Petroleum jelly
Apply some petroleum jelly on the scratch and leave it overnight. The jelly will plump up the surrounding wood and fill in the gash. In the morning, wipe it away, and polish the furniture.
10. Car polish
If you have a French-polished tabletop, you can use car polish to mask the scratches on the surface. Just make sure you don’t rub away the rest of the furniture’s finish.
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Mayonnaise can fix your scratches, but it needs a bit of time. Apply some of the stuff on the marks and let it stay there for a few days. Afterwards, wipe off the excess, and you’ll notice that the mayo has plumped up the wood, filling up the gashes.
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Put a few tablespoons of hot water into a cup and add a bag of black tea. Wait 2-3 minutes for the tea bag to steep. The longer you leave it in, the darker the tea will get, so try to remove it when the color matches your furniture. Then, you can use a cotton swab to put some of the tea onto the scratch. Remove the excess with a paper towel and repeat the procedure as many times as necessary.
13. Mineral oil and pumice
Mix some mineral oil and pumice to make a paste. Rub the mixture onto the nicks using extra-fine-grade steel wool. Wipe away the excess, and buff with a dry cloth.
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14. Lemon juice
Make a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and vegetable or olive oil. Apply some on a lint cloth, and rub in direction of the scratch until it disappears. Works best for small nicks.
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You can hide small nicks and scratches easily by using a marker that matches the color of your furniture.