Furniture is perhaps the most important part of any interior design. It is also the part that gets damaged. It’s best if any furniture repair is handled by a professional restorer, because they will take the piece and work his magic on it to make it as good as new.
It’s true that the process doesn’t always involve complex skills and some of us can manage furniture repair at home just by investing a little time and effort in the job.
It’s pretty much inevitable that scratches and dings will happen sooner or later, be it when you hit it with your briefcase while rushing to work. or the kids finally finds a new and improved race track for their toys. There is a technique which will allow easy and almost instant repair to such damage. It requires a permanent-ink felt-tip marker available in hardware stores.
To do the job properly, dab the ink onto the scratch, wait for it to dry and even the coluor by gently stroking the tip of the marker on the newly colored surface. Using marker to cover scratches in no way damages the original finish of the furniture, but you should think twice before applying on antique furniture, as it may devalue them.
For areas that are more severely damaged, you can buy some putty to mend the furniture. Putty sticks are available at most hardware stores. Use a color similar to your furniture, but keep in mind to go one shade darker if you cannot perfectly match it, as lighter color is easier to spot.
Use flakes of the putty stick to give it appropriate shape. Next apply it firmly in the hole you want to fill. Remove any excess and smooth with a cloth. There is usually a thin line around the perimeter of the marking, which you can hide with a marker. Finish the job with a few quick passes of shellac to harden the putty.
Cleaning sticky, dirty, greasy surfaces – food and other material can leave more noticeable damage on furniture surfaces that some cleaning solutions might not handle. There is a ton of expensive products on the market, but you should look no further than white spirits. Firstly, soak an absorbent cloth with it and wipe the problematic area with it. For carved areas and crevices use a cotton swap for fine cleaning.
Sometimes a scratch is only on the very surface and not all the way to the stain of the wood. Pour fine rubbing compound onto a fine steel wool pad and gently rub the scratched area. Apply the new finish and thoroughly clean the area after this repair to make sure none of it remains. You can then finish the process by adding a quick spray of lacquer.
These fixes can be easily done at home, without taking the furniture out. It is easy to make these simple fixes and give your furniture a fresh new look.