If you’ve had wooden furniture in your living space for a while, chances are that you’ve accumulated at least a couple of nicks and scratches on the surface. Not all furniture we find is attractive. It might be picked up from an online listing or passed on from relatives. Over the years we’ve spent a great deal of time focusing on these shabby pieces in efforts to make them new once again. Before you spend money on a professional wood refinisher to restore the surface, try out some of the DIY techniques below using common household items to minimize the visibility of the scratch.
Add Braces –
Chair braces are an easy fix for a wobbly chair. They’re better looking and much stiffer than L-brackets. Most hardware stores carry chair braces in finishes like chrome, brass or bronze. If appearance doesn’t matter, screwing a brace or T-plate onto a piece of furniture is often the quickest way to fix it.
Reupholster an Old Chair –
Your dated or worn out kitchen chairs might have you longing for a weekend trip to Ikea. But if it’s just the chair’s cushion that needs to be replaced, and the frame is still in good condition, you should try your hand at some upholstery work first.
Support Sagging Shelves –
If your shelves sag, sometimes you can simply flip them over, but eventually they’ll droop again. Here’s a permanent solution: Add supports that fit tight between the shelves.
Shim a Hinge –
When a door won’t close or won’t align with a catch, placing a shim behind one of its hinges might solve the problem. The shim will kick out the upper or lower half of the door, depending on which hinge you choose.
Paint Over It –
By applying a fresh coat of paint, you can return that furniture to its former glory. You first need to remove the loose paint and some of the rust. On flat and even surfaces, medium grit sandpaper works best. Finally, apply several thin coats of rust-proof spray paint to the chair, allowing it to dry between each coat.
Epoxy a Sloppy Joint –
When parts don’t fit tightly, epoxy is the answer. Other woodworking glues yellow, white or polyurethane require a snug fit. The gap between parts can’t exceed the thickness of a piece of paper. Epoxy, on the other hand, bonds across a gap of any size.