Monday, January 6, 2014

Making Old and Scratched Wood Pieces Look New Again

The same part of the canister - no editing!

I'm super excited to share this awesome trick with you! It's an oldie, but a goodie for sure, and a surprising number of people have never heard of it.

When I started actively searching for monkey pod wood pieces, I skipped over the scratched ones, thinking it would be too much of a pain to fill, sand, stain, and varnish them. Little did I know there was a much simpler way to cover those marks! (And can I add that I'm kicking myself now over those pieces left behind?)

My mom clued me in to this trick. One simple item, a common ingredient that you probably already have somewhere in your kitchen, can clear up those scratches in seconds. And what is it?

A walnut.

All you need is a shelled walnut. You want the part you eat only; toss the shell. Simply rub the walnut into the scratches. The oils in the walnut will make the scratches fade away right before your eyes. Wipe the bits of walnut off with a clean (and old! The oil will leave greasy spots) towel, and you're done.

Please excuse my wrinkly work sheet. I didn't want the walnut oil to stain my carpet!

When the saw the canisters in these pictures at a garage sale, I debated buying them. The scratches and scuffs on them were so bad, I didn't think there was much hope. But they were cheap enough that I decided to give it a go.

I made the mistake of not thinking the difference in the before and after would be significant, and only took a couple of pictures with my phone before trying the walnuts. I couldn't believe how amazing the canisters looked after I had finished; they looked brand new! So excuse the blurry pictures as well. Should have gone for the good camera!

Now this isn't a miracle worker. It will not work on deep scratches. I tried it on a couple long gouges on our wood floor where it looks like someone dragged a pickax behind him, and it didn't make a big difference. It can't fill in deep scratches like wood filler. It did make the smaller scratches and scuffs on the floor disappear though.

So if you've never tried it, go grab a walnut and find something scratched! It's slightly addicting though. If you're like me, after you try it for the first time you'll run around your house looking for anything with a scratch on it to rub away. Floors, cabinets, furniture, and more - it hasn't failed me yet!

Quick, easy, natural, and pretty much free - the perfect fix!

Linking up with Thrifty Thursday


  1. Great tip! Thank you for joining my Social network party! I am your latest follower via GFC...and number 100!! Woohoo! I hope you are enjoying meeting new bloggers and following them!

  2. Hi Diann! Thanks for being number 100! I have the linkup bookmarked and am very much looking forward to discovering lots of new bloggers! :)

  3. I've heard the walnut trick before, but I've never tried it. Your before and after pictures are awesome though! Your canisters look amazing!

  4. Thank you! I couldn't believe how well it worked!


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