How to Fix a Scratch on Wooden Bedroom Furniture

What You'll Need
white spirit

Wooden bedroom furniture can last for decades if you take care of it properly. However, even a well loved piece of furniture will take knocks, dents and scratches along the way. Restoring wood can seem like a daunting task at first glance, but for minor scratches, the do-it-youreslfer can do a competent job following these easy steps.

Step 1 - Assess the Damage

The first step when you are restoring wood is to take a good look to decide if the damage is to the finish or to the wood itself. If the finish is damaged, you can use thinners or white spirit to take the first layer of varnish off around the scratch. Then, revarnish your wooden bedroom furniture. After the varnish has dried, the spot that you have repaired may stand out. However, it will blend in over time. When the varnish has completely dried, polish the whole piece to make the new finish blend in.

Step 2 - Natural Methods of Concealing the Scratch

You may be surprised to learn that nut meat can hide most superficial scratches in wooden bedroom furniture. Walnut and Brazilnuts are rich in natural oils. If you crack the nut and rub the inner surface along the scratch, the oils seep into the scratch and color the wood to disguise the imperfection. However, this method of repair will not stand up to close inspection - it does not really count as fixing the scratch.

Step 3 - Using a Wax Stick

If the nut oil method does not give a good enough result, try a wax stick. These come in a variety of different shades so you will find one that is compatible with your wooden bedroom furniture. They resemble a child's wax crayon, and are almost as easy to use. With this method, no wood sanding is necessary. You will be using the wax as a type of filler, which needs to be applied in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Use a piece of folded paper to smooth off the surface of the scratch, and polish with a soft cloth to create a smooth, shiny finish.

Step 4 - Repairing a Dent

If your wooden bedroom furniture is dented rather than scratched, try a different method of repair. A dent occurs when the wood has been compressed. Accordingly, the way to correct this imperfection is to "raise" the wood. To achieve this, the do-it-yourselfer must take advantage of the fact that wood swells when wet.

If there is any varnish covering the surface of the wood, remove it with white spirit. Then apply a wet cloth for a few hours and wait for the results. The wood should expand outwards, shrinking or removing the dent.

Step 5 - Other Ideas

If you are dealing with lots of scratches and feel that the piece is looking tatty, do not despair - paint it! Children's wooden bedroom furniture looks great painted in bright colors, and white painted furniture has a sophisticated, modern look.