Oh no! You’ve gone and done it, you’ve made a scratch (or discovered a scratch) on your wooden cabinet and now the mood of the day just seems a little bit more sour.
But hold up, there’s no reason to get upset just yet. Wood scratches have troubled carpenters and DIY enthusiasts alike for countless generations, and over time multiple interesting solutions have been discovered—some of which you may never have expected.
So chin up, dry your eyes, and get ready to get handy because we have a scratch to fill in and few choices on how to proceed.
Rub Walnut Over It
Perhaps you have heard rumors about this method, and yes it does actually work when it comes to covering lighter scratches.
Essentially, this approach involves removing the hard shell of the walnut entirely and rubbing the meat over a scratch in order to fill it in. It’s a little messy, but when you press the meat into the scratch the natural oils of the walnut will dull the intensity of the scratches with its inherent wood-like color.
Then, after letting the oils settle in for a few minutes, wipe away any excess with a soft rag and the scratch should be gone. Because of the walnut’s color, this method works best on lighter shades of wood, and is not very effective when it comes to darker wood types, such as cherry.
Cover with a Touch-Up Marker
This perhaps is the quickest and easiest method for covering light scratches, assuming you have the supplies on hand, though perhaps not the most interesting when compared to a walnut.
All this approach requires is that you take an appropriate wood touch-up marker which matches the color of your wood or wood stain, apply it to the scratched surface, and then wipe the area down with a soft rag to clear away any excess that may be left over from the touch-up marker.
Packs of effective markers can commonly be found for less than $10, and usually offer multiple shades of wood-inspired colors to best match your home furniture, so it may be a good idea to keep some stocked for your next wood-scratched situation.
Apply a Fresh Wood Stain
This classic method is the most labor-some, but it is also the best method for fixing those deeper scratches which walnuts and wood markers can’t handle.
In a nutshell, you’ll need sandpaper to sand down the scratched area of wood. After sanding, it’s time to apply an appropriate stain that matches the color of your cabinet. Once you’re finished, wipe away any excess with a soft rag and give the wood enough time to dry.
But you aren’t done yet! For the last step, apply a final coat of polyurethane over the treated area to protect and complete the stain.
There you Have It!
These three effective methods should be everything you need to quell the most bothersome of wood blemishes. Scratches may be a nuisance and an eyesore at times, but remember, they are nothing that a little touch up can’t fix.
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