Guide: Restoring natural wood furniture

Throughout the lifespan of our furniture, it's inevitable that at some point, they may suffer damage, whether due to accidental impacts, natural wear and tear, or scratches. However, there's no need to turn to professionals to address these issues. You can do it yourself!

In this article, we offer you three sections depending on the need: repairing dents and scratches, repairing chips and repairing deep dents. We provide you with valuable instructions on how to carry out simple and effective natural wood furniture repairs from the comfort of your home.

Before repairing any imperfections in wooden furniture, it's essential to consider whether it's solid natural wood or, on the contrary, it's treated. Emphasize that our recommendations are mainly and only on natural solid wood. In the case of treated wood, it's important to note that repairing the damage also involves removing part of the protective layer or color, making the process different.

The following guidelines we'll share with you are versatile and can be applied to correct a wide range of problems, from surface dents to deeper damages, as well as repairing scratches and splinters on your furniture's wood. With a little patience and the right tools, you can restore the beauty and functionality of your furniture, thus extending its lifespan and saving money on potential expensive replacements.

Before beginning any process, we always recommend cleaning the furniture with a soft cloth or towel to remove any traces of dirt.

1. How to repair superficial bumps and scratches:

In this section we will give you a few tips on how to repair small bumps and scratches.

The first step is to moisten the affected area with a few drops of water. After the application, wait for a few minutes to allow the water to penetrate the wood, causing it to expand and regain its original shape. If the impact is too deep or has cracked the wood, it may not fully recover. In this case, please refer to the section on "repairing deep blows".

After a few minutes, sand the area thoroughly to ensure a smooth and even surface. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain. Finally, remove any remaining dust with a cotton cloth.

2. How to repair splinters:

In this section we will give you a few tips on how to repair splinters.

To begin, place white wood glue between the surface and the splinter to be glued. Immediately afterwards, apply pressure with your finger to join the splinter to the surface. Use a piece of paper to remove the excess glue.

Then press hard on the area with a clamp, jack or weight, being careful not to damage the wood. Allow to dry. After 24 hours, drying will be complete and the union will have reached maximum strength.

To finish, remove the clamp and sand the surface until it is smooth and even. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain. Remove dust residues with a cotton cloth.

3. How to repair deep blows:

In this section we will give you some tips on how to repair deep dents.

First, we fill the gap with clear pine wood putty. The gap should be completely covered with putty.

Secondly, we remove the excess putty, before it dries, with a spatula or some flat and smooth object. This must be done with care not to pull the putty out of the crevice. Let it dry for a few minutes to allow the putty to harden.

Third, sand the area well so that the surface is smooth and uniform. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain. Finally, remove any remaining dust with a cotton cloth.

If you carefully follow these steps, you will be able to repair your natural pine wood furniture, such as removing scratches from the wood and restoring its aesthetics. Repairing wood tables and repairing wood chairs are tasks you can tackle successfully.

However, once you have completed your wood furniture repair, you might consider some additional actions to ensure that your furniture remains in excellent condition over time.

For additional protection and to keep them in the best condition, we recommend that you check out our article on "care". There you will find valuable tips on how to maintain and preserve the quality of your pine furniture, thus prolonging its lifespan and aesthetic appeal.

In addition, it is important to keep in mind that, to prevent future damage, you should avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and excessive moisture. These two factors can deteriorate the wood and affect the integrity of your furniture. By following these simple precautions, you can enjoy your natural pine furniture for many years without worry.