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Your Wood Furniture Needs a Walnut

  • July 4, 2022

Fans of vintage or antique wood furniture know that these older pieces come with some trade-offs. For example, older, solid wood furniture was built to last — unlike modern particle board counterparts. But because of this, it can be extremely heavy (i.e. difficult to move), and be pretty pricey if it’s in pristine condition.

That’s another part of the trade-off: Furniture that was made to be around for a lifetime (or even several generations) may remain sturdy, but if it’s being used regularly, it will likely accumulate scratches, dents, and other marks over the years. The upside of this, though, is that it means you can score some amazing vintage wood furniture — scratches and dings included — for low (or at least reasonable) prices.

If the scratches and other imperfections and signs of use bother you, there’s always the option of refinishing the piece. But if you’re mostly fine with them — or would be satisfied by something that makes the scratches look significantly better but not totally perfect, and is infinitely less work — you may want to get your hands on some walnuts. Here’s what to know.

How to fill in scratches on wood furniture with walnuts

Before we begin, let us start by saying that the walnut trick is not going to give you perfect results and make the scratches disappear completely. Also, we are aware that this is not a professional or permanent solution. It is, however, a cheap and very low-effort way to make your wood furniture look better, and is wood/”Bob Vila-approved.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Crack open a walnut. (Or easier yet, buy some that are already de-shelled.)
  2. Rub the nut over/into the scratch in the same direction as the grain of the wood until it looks/feels like it’s
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