DIY: How to Fix Scratches in Furniture the Easy Way

Sometimes, no matter how much care you dedicate to your home furniture chances are, at certain point you will notice a scratch or more. Especially if you have small children or pets, maintaining your wooden home furniture in perfect condition is not easy. Scratches can significantly influence the aesthetic appeal of the furniture pieces, but that doesn’t mean that splurging a small fortune on professional wood refinishing is the only option you have. In most cases, you can fix the damage with several simple DIY solutions by using common products that can be found in your home.

Lemon Juice – for scratches on a wooden surface that are not very deep, the first DIY solution you should try is a simple combination of lemon juice and olive oil. No matter the type of wood, most minor scratches disappear when rubbed with a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil. For best results, use a clean lint cloth.

Nuts – Not only nuts are good for your health, they can be good for refinishing wooden home furniture. Just take one piece of walnut, almond or brazilian nut, cut in half and rub the scratches with it.


Coffee Grounds – Light coloured scratches on a dark furniture piece are the most visible type of scratches. However, treating such scratches is not a mission impossible. On the contrary, it is much simpler than you might thought. What you need to do is to dab coffee grounds in the scratch. The grounds will enter inside the scratch and will fulfil it, while making it less visible.

Eyebrow Pencil – Some beauty products also come into play when it comes to fixing scratches in home furniture. Eyebrows come in a range of colours, which makes this beauty product suitable for fixing scratches on furniture pieces in different colours. All that you need to do is to choose a eyebrow pencil in a colour that best matches the colour of the furniture piece you want to refinish, and fill the scratch with the pencil. Simple as that.

Crayon – Similar to the previous solution, crayons work well in fishing scratches on furniture surface. Just choose the most appropriate colour, fill the scratch, remove the extra wax and voila, your furniture piece is like new again!

Iodine – Paint iodine in the scratch with a brush made of fine hairs. Start with a light shade, before you apply more layers. If you are colouring scratches on a light-coloured furniture, dilute the iodine with denatured alcohol until you achieve the desired colour shade.


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