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The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.

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Easiest Ways To Get Rid Of Scratches In A Wooden Entertainment Center

Ross Stewart

Entertainment centers are too big to get rid of just because of a few scratches. However, entertainment centers are also big enough that refinishing one that's scratched can be a giant, time-consuming pain. Knowing how to get rid of the scratches in your wooden entertainment center can either save you hundreds of dollars on a replacement piece or can help you save many long hours of sanding, restaining and resealing.


If you have a large box of crayons, find a brown that matches the color of the finish on your entertainment center. Try coloring in the scratch lightly. Apply several layers of color until the wax has built up to sufficiently match the color of the finish.


On a dark colored entertainment center, rub down the scratch with a walnut shell. On a medium-colored entertainment center, rub down the scratch with the meat from a walnut.


For covering thin scratches on medium-brown wood, iodine will help darken the wood to a deep, warm brown. Apply one layer of iodine, let it dry for a few hours, and apply a second layer. Continue applying layers until the wood has been sufficiently darkened. Avoid putting iodine on wide scratches because iodine is such a specific color that large, sweeping applications will become obvious if they don't match.

Oil Paint or Water Color

For anyone who happens to keep a set of artistic paints on hand, painting the scratches on your wooden entertainment center with actual artist paints will help you match the scratch to a finish of unusual color.

Shoe Polish

This is an excellent option for anyone hoping to match scratches on a piece of furniture that is very dark brown or black. Paint or rub shoe polish onto the scratches with a cotton ball or cotton swab. Be sure to buff well to ensure that the color won't come off when you're done.

Olive Oil and Vinegar

This is one of the best methods for covering up very large and obvious scratches and places where the finish has come off of the wood. Mix together equal parts olive oil and vinegar in a container. Dip a rag into the mixture, and use it to buff the surface of the entertainment center. Do this until the entire surface has been covered and the stains are gone. The olive oil will soak into the wood and help condition it while simultaneously darkening the wood until it's the same color as the original finish.

For more information, contact Gerald L Scott Custom Cabinetry or a similar company.