Solid wooden furniture is a wonderful thing to have in your home. Natural, sophisticated and sometimes very regal, it can define the style of your room and often act as an attractive centrepiece. But solid wood can be easy to damage, especially when everyday life takes place all around it. Scuffs and scratches can stand out on wooden furniture, but fortunately, they are not only easy but also very cheap to repair. Here are a few easy ways to fix damaged wood furniture using natural products you can find around the home.
Oil and vinegar
Oil and vinegar are a winning combination in a number of situations, not least when caring for and repairing wooden furniture. Mix ¼ cup of distilled vinegar with ¾ cup of olive oil. Use an old cloth to wipe the mixture onto the damaged area of wood. Allow to dry and gently buff. The vinegar naturally cleans the surface while the oil darkens, nourishes and polishes the wood.
This technique also works with cider vinegar and canola, sunflower or any other versatile oil- just look in your cupboards to see what you can use.
For light-coloured scratches, walnuts are just the right colour and consistency to disguise marks. De-shell a walnut and cut it in half. Rub the open side over the damaged area and you should see the scratch start to fade. Next, work the walnut flesh into the scratch using your fingers. This will warm the area and help release the walnut oils which condition the wood. Finally, use a light cloth to buff shine back into the surface and remove loose traces of walnut.
For different shades of wood, you may find that other nuts work best. Experiment with pecans or Brazil nuts to find which gives you the best results.
If your wood is too dark to be fixed with the walnut method, you may find that your solution has been hiding in your children’s pencil case the whole time! Good quality wax crayons have a similar consistency to walnut flesh and come in a wide range of colours, so can be perfect for disguising damaged wood. Depending on the shade of your wood, you may need to try anything from light flesh tones, right down to dark chocolate brown. Just rub the crayon over the scratch and work in with your fingers if necessary. You can try blending more than one shade together to get the perfect match. Any excess crayon wax can be removed gently with a blunt butter knife. Next, just buff with a cloth and admire your results.
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