If you’re the owner of wooden furniture, you’ve likely noticed that it has picked up various nicks and scratches over the years. Your solid, utilitarian wood furniture has stood the test of time, but it has not done so unscathed. Like a good warrior, it continues in battle but has picked up a few scratches and nicks along the way. Follow this guide for repairing wood furniture.
Much of this damage is superficial, and with a little love and elbow grease, almost any work of wood can be restored to its former glory through a few simple, easy fixes. These are as easy on the wood as they are on your wallet. Repairing wood furniture can actually be a breeze.
Before tackling any repairs, be sure to first clean the furniture thoroughly with water and soft dishwashing soap to remove all stains and grease. Then, take stock of what needs to be done; your lovable wooden artifice will probably have been the victim of any or all of the water rings, surface scratches, deep scratches, and then various dings and nicks.
Address these in order of severity, beginning with the water rings left behind by sweaty beverages. If these blemishes don’t yield to the power of soapy water and elbow grease, consider employing baking soda, petroleum jelly, or even mayonnaise! All have their advocates. Minor scratches to the finish can be corrected with the application of a solution consisting of equal parts lemon juice and cooking oil.
For deeper nicks and scratches that expose the wood, you can actually fill the scratch with the meat of an almond or walnut. The oil inside the nuts can make some scratches appear nearly invisible. You can also colour in the scratch with tea bags, coffee grounds or wax crayons, among other things, to disguise the blemish and make the surface appear uniform again. If all else fails, you can always cover any imperfections with your favourite coaster or tablecloth.
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