Covering Up Nicks and Scratches on Wood

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March 6, 2019

A scratched wicker hamper with a black Sharpie on top.I recently bought a wicker hamper is sound shape. But the edges were wooden and the black paint looked a bit shabby. It hit me when I got it home and a marker might not help much, but it couldn't hurt, either.


Turns out I was right. I "patched" the streaks and I think it looks way better. If you have wood that might be helped, this does the trick.

They make "furniture crayons" for fixing mars and scratches that are sold at the dollar stores. Their color choices are limited, so you might have to go to a hardware or big-box store. But one of these of your own might just do the trick. N-JOY!

Coloring over the scratches with a black sharpie.
A wicker hamper with scratches colored in with a black Sharpie.
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September 10, 2007

For scratches on wooden tables, picture frames or anything wooden, take a teaspoon of instant coffee, add a couple of drops of hot water (just enough to make a thick paste).

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January 13, 2017

I used a crayon designed for covering up gray roots to fix a picture frame. This crayon is activated with water and goes on more smoothly than a regular crayon.


I'll bet you can't tell where the damaged area was!

Close up of wooden frame.

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June 25, 2012

Wood flooring is generally quite durable, but it can get scratches over time. This is a page about repairing scratches on wood floors.

Scratched Wood Floor

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