Tip: Cover up scratches on wood furniture by rubbing a walnut diagonally across the scratch.
I have children, thus we have a whole lot of scratches on every piece of furniture we own. I don’t know how this happens. I would assume it is not on purpose, but I also assume that my kids will remember something the first time I tell them. Our kitchen table bears the brunt of the wear and tear, as that is where the meals get served and eaten, the homework gets done and the art projects come to life.
As a part-time working mom, my brain is pretty much void of good ideas, as most of them get used up just putting the kid’s lunches together in the morning. My attempt to correct the mess is to cover it all up with a dark tablecloth to hide the damage, which has suited me just fine in the past. However, my alter ego, Undercover Mother, has access to research that may make me seem not only resourceful but has the potential to make me the envy of my neighbors!
Now, honestly, if you saw my kitchen table, you would be asking yourself why I was even bothering with trying to remove a scratch. The rest of the table is covered with scorch marks where we forgot to use hotpads, gouges from, well, I really don’t know what, and some type of glitter super glue that managed to seep through the four layers of newspaper and permanently stain the table (so glad we were playing with that product with our bare hands). However, I am on a quest for information, so for now, let’s forget the fact that my table is a lost cause and focus on the tip I found!
So I watched a video on how to do this, and it sure looked simple. Put the walnut (pecans, almonds and Brazil nuts also work; just be sure to leave the shell behind) in your hand, rub it diagonally across the scratch, use your finger to generate some warmth into the area you just rubbed, wait a few minutes and then use a soft cloth to rub it out. Simple, right?
I chose two spots on my table and set to work, one was a fine, thin scratch and the other one was thicker and shorter. How lucky am I to have so many to choose from? After rubbing the walnut as instructed across the scratches for a few minutes, I then used my index finger to rub the areas. After about 10 minutes I returned with a soft cloth and rubbed both areas.
True or bull?
Bull. Both areas looked the exact same, and I did not see any difference in the scratches at all. What I do see now is a giant, filmy smear that the oil from the walnuts left behind, even after wiping with my fancy dust cloth.
Undercover Mother revelations
The video sure made it look good, the same way Pampers makes changing a diaper look fun. I would have been thrilled to have this work because I really can’t afford a new table, nor do I want one with #1 and #2 using it as a landing pad. So for now, the tablecloth will go back on and the scratches will be erased, at least from my mind.