3 Simple Steps to Touch up Cracks in Wood End Table:
I bought this end table 10 years ago. It was on-sale because the dark stained wood had separated in a couple of places, exposing light colored wood underneath. I had always intended to touch up those areas, but never got around to it. Over time more cracks appeared, exposing more light areas of wood. It was clearly not a well made piece, but it was very versatile (height, color, overall size) so if I could fix it up and touch up cracks in the wood without a lot of time or cost, then it would be worth it.
Here is what I did:
1. Clean the piece with a damp cloth
Use a damp cloth with a tiny amount of dish soap to clean the item. I the rinse with water to remove any soap, and allow the table to dry completely.
2. Choose an all-in one scratch cover to match your wood
There are various types of re-finishing products available. The objective is to achieve a reduction in contrast between the finished wood and the exposed lighter wood, so using almost any shade of dark re-finish will accomplish this. The one I have is a thin liquid applied by wipe-on cloth. It can be applied in multiple coats to build-up the depth of color. Even though it says it is designed for dark woods, but I use it on medium and dark furniture and it has not let me down yet.
3. Rub Scratch Cover onto exposed wood
Work in a well ventilated area. Use a soft cloth and a bit of elbow grease to really push the scratch cover into any cracks or areas of exposed wood. Apply 2 or more coats. Then finish by wiping a small amount over the entire surface.
It’s as easy as that. Why did I not do this sooner? The entire process took less than an hour! It was so easy I decided to use this technique on my nightstand.