Overtime we all have scratches and blemishes on our wood surfaces. Some of those give the pieces character and some are just an eyesore. Just in time for people coming over for the holidays, I thought I would show you how to cover up scratches on their wood surfaces.
This is the easiest, cheapest fix for scratches on wood surfaces I have found. You will need a paper towel and a brown marker. The type of marker doesn’t matter, you can even use your kids washable markers, which is what I am using in this tutorial. The only real difference is cleanup if you get it on your hands. You don’t have to match the color perfectly, just a rough color estimation is plenty, tan for light wood, brown for dark, black for ebony surfaces. The color I am using for this trial is just a basic brown and it works perfectly for this dark cherry surface.
The process is simple, color over the scratch with your marker, you will get it on the undamaged wood, don’t worry about that. Use a paper towel to wipe off the excess ink and you’re done. Above are the steps of the process, you can see how the ink is on the undamaged wood and it doesn’t leave a mark. Click on the image to view it in a larger size. If you have a deeper mark, hold the marker on the spot until it soaks in enough ink to cover it.
Here is the before and after for the entire shelf, doesn’t it look great?