How to Touch Up a Worn Wood Surface

3 Simple Steps to Touch up a Worn Finish on a Nightstand:

I bought this set of nightstands around 4 years ago.  A year ago, I noticed one of them had some signs of wear.  My kitten likes drinking from my water glass then knocking it over, for fun.  I now use a bottle of water with a lid, but while I was learning my lesson, I think the water spills were contributing to creating a worn wood surface on the top of this night stand.  For a year, I just covered it up with a coaster.  Then I was touching up a cracked end table and it was pretty successful so I decided to try using the same product on the night stand.  The problem was slightly different but the steps are basically the same to touch up a worn wood finish on the nightstand.

Night stand after wood touchup

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.  Then rinse with water to remove any soap, and allow the nightstand to dry completely.

Easily touch up a worn spot on a wood surface

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 you don’t need to be too precise with matching of the color since different shades 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 and the nightstand has a medium finish, it worked fine, but I stopped after two coats to keep it the same finish as the matching nightstand on the other side of the bed.  (**Affiliate link: you can find the same product I used here: Old English Scratch Cover for Dark Wood – 8 oz.  If you are touching up lighter wood then click here: Old English Scratch Cover Polish For Light Woods 8oz.).

Easily touch up a worn spot on a wood surface3. Rub Scratch Cover onto exposed wood

Work in a well ventilated area.  In this case, I worked on the nightstand in the same room, but I opened the windows.  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 coats.  Then finish by wiping a small amount over the entire surface.

It’s as easy as that.  Since I had just finished using this product on an end table, I was more experienced so this took less than 30 minutes!  It probably took me longer to take the pictures – I’m still learning 🙂

Night stand after wood touchup

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