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How to Fix Furniture Scratches

Updated on February 19, 2017

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Furniture markers can really help repair furniture scratches. They come in multiple colors to blend in to your furniture.
Furniture markers can really help repair furniture scratches. They come in multiple colors to blend in to your furniture.
Sandpaper helps grind away unwanted scratches off of wooden furniture. Also, you could use an electric sander to make the job easier.
Sandpaper helps grind away unwanted scratches off of wooden furniture. Also, you could use an electric sander to make the job easier. | Source
Wood putty is a good way to fill small holes in wood. They have putty that matches furniture colors.
Wood putty is a good way to fill small holes in wood. They have putty that matches furniture colors. | Source

Furniture Markers

It is always possible and somewhat inevitable that your furniture will at some point end up with scratches. Scratches can occur from a move, moving your furniture around or just normal everyday wear and tear. There are several ways to get scratches out of furniture or, make them blend in with the furniture so that they are not as noticeable. If you decide to use furniture markers as an alternative to having the furniture refinished, always check the marker color on a small space to make sure it matches up very well with the original surface. Once you match them up gently color in the damage. Use a wash cloth to dot off any access from the marker.

I found that as I looked around the house I even have several pieces of furniture that were scratched and really didn't know how to fix them. One way, and a simple fix is to use furniture markers. I looked around for a while and found a four pack of markers with a really dark brown, medium brown, light brown and a caramel color for my really light colored furniture. Recommended on the package and a good idea, is to look at the marker and your furniture to get the best match possible. I used the dark marker in an area that is not noticeable first before repairing your scratch. Honestly, I was very surprised and couldn't believe the difference. If you are not looking for the scratch, or do not know exactly where the scratch is, you can't see it. It is blended very well. Always fix scratches with quality products so that you do not have to do it twice. If you can not get rid of a spot then try to hide the spot or organize the furniture where the scratch is facing the wall or hidden. Another idea is to blend it in with a similar color so it is not even seen unless you already knew it was there.

These furniture markers are amazing to make an inexpensive quick fix of some furniture that you may have considered throwing away. Taking on furniture projects will give a piece of furniture a second purpose in life.

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Sandpaper

To completely get rid of a scratch, you have to use sandpaper. You will want to make sure that this is something you want to do because when you start sanding there's no turning back.

Sand the furniture to you sand out the scratch. If you are making major repairs, you may need to cut a board to fit a specific area. You will have to sand the rough edges where you sanded the board. Paint over the area to blend it in with the rest of the piece of furniture. Do not over do it when using sandpaper especially if your using an electric sander. To be safe it's better to hand sand any item with a finish such as a dresser or chest of drawers. If it is a large job though, it is probably better to use an electric sander. This will get the job done faster.

Wood Putty

Wood putty can be used in a lot of situations to help fill in holes then these can be sanded down and painted or stained. If there is a small area that has a notch out of it, you can try wood putty. This is great stuff. You just fill in the area with the wood putty and allow the area to dry. If needed, sand the area with sand paper and paint to match the piece of furniture. Remember that furniture scratches stick out like a sore thumb so no matter which way you choose to fix damaged goods it will be an improvement.

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Electric Sander

If the furniture is too scratched for the use of sand paper, then you may need an electric sander. If the job is too large, then the best option for a quick fix is the electric version. Sand the area to the desired smoothness. Depending on the job, you might use the sand paper as well as wood putty. I don't mind getting out in the garage and work with wood. Then there's the stain, once again, depending on the furniture and where it's going in the home or outside, the stain can really add some character to that piece that you are fixing up. I hope that your piece of furniture turns out well and who knows, once you finish with this first piece of furniture, you may decide to move on to other pieces of furniture that you can re-do. I like to go to flea markets and look for odd pieces of furniture that catches my eye. I might go and find a lot of things or I may not find anything at all. Happy Hunting!!

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Refinishing Wood Pieces

Looking for a hobby or maybe something to make a little extra money in addition to your job? You can refinish furniture. This has become popular over the last several years. Pieces can be acquired at yard sales, estate sales, auctions and online sites. A lot of money can be made when you refinish certain pieces. Be careful though, there are those pieces that will decrease in value if refinished in any way. There are so much potential for these pieces of furniture that are usually on the way to the trash.

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    • tipstoretireearly profile image

      tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

      Good suggestions! I've used all of these methods. Furniture markers are the easiest, but unfortunately don't always do the job. Voted up!

    • GracieLake profile image

      GracieLake 4 years ago from Arizona

      Marvelous ideas. I used a black sharpie to fix a ding in black granite. I opened a kitchen cupboard and BOOM, out popped a glass and chipped my new countertop. Repairman offered to fix it for hundreds of dollars, but a black sharpie saved the day. You could hardly see it after that!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Great advice leslie, and so easy to use. I haven't needed to do any repairing for a while but all the little tips help, voted up! nell

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