Fear not. Olive oil and vinegar can rescue it from that sad state. Domestic Bliss Squared shows how rubbing on a 1/2 cup of vinegar mixed with 1/2 cup of olive oil can make a wood surface almost like new again (even when furniture polish and orange oil failed before).
You can rub out surface scratches in your wooden furniture with a paste made of mineral oil and pumice (available in powder form at hardware and paint stores). Use extra-fine-grade steel wool to rub the mixture into the scratched area. Then wipe it off and buff with a dry cloth.
Step 1 | Strip, Strip, and Strip Some More. First, using a cheap paint brush, brush on a thick layer or Citristrip. Step 2 | Sand. Once the piece was dry, I took my electric hand sander with 100 grit sandpaper and sanded the entire piece with the grain of the wood . Step 3 | Clean Off All Residue. Step 4 | Wax On.
An easy touch up mix would be a clear oil base varnish, pigmented oil base stain, and mineral spirits (or VM&P Naptha for a faster dry). Damaged areas might need some sanding if there are sharp edges from worn or missing topcoat.
Directions to polish your furniture or just remove scratches as needed: Take 1 part distilled vinegar and mix in 2 parts oil to create your solution. Mix the solution and dip a polishing rag into the mixture. Wipe it over your real wood furniture until the scratches are gone.
Put the damp washcloth on the affected area. The water will wick through the wood , and that’s fine. Now, with your iron on its highest setting, place it on the damp washcloth over the affected area, and make small movements back and forth and in circles. Press down firmly and continue until your wash cloth is dry.
Sanding cherry . Because cherry has a tight grain and is hard, don’t skip a grit or you ‘ll leave tiny scratches that show under a finish. Sand the faces through 180 grit. For end grain, sand through 220 grit to burnish the wood if it’s going to be stained or finish-coated.
Lacquer. For the best refinishing job on a cherry table, use lacquer. It looks better than varnish, it dries quicker and applying it is relatively foolproof, whether using a brush or spraying it on. By using lacquer instead of varnish, you can finish the table in one day.
Cherry wood is very durable and dense, which means it is very long-lasting. If you want a new look for your cherry wood furniture or if your wood is chipped or damaged in some way, painting is always an option.
If you have a small kitchen , utilize pastels, beige and white colors to give your kitchen space an open feel. Cherry cabinets are dark-toned, so you will want to add bright colors to balance out your kitchen space. White or beige countertops and backsplash are a great option for cherry cabinets .
Stain: Apply a matching stain to the scratch , wipe off any excess with a soft, clean cloth. Allow the stain to dry, then apply a coat of finish (such as polyurethane) over it. Touch – Up Pen: Apply a matching furniture touch up stain pen or marker to the scratch , and wipe off any excess with a soft, clean cloth.
Murphy ® Oil Soap gets deep into grime to break up dirt particles and it’s safe to use on wood products like cabinets . Avoid using any abrasive cleaning tools like steel wool on the cabinets , which can remove the finish or stain and damage the wood.