DIY Oil and Vinegar Furniture Scratch Removal Trick
I’ve been doing lots and lots of shopping at garage sales lately. One thing that I almost always see is a beautiful old piece of furniture that is scratched up. Most people don’t want to go through the trouble of repainting or refinishing it. If they only knew this very simple DIY oil and vinegar furniture scratch removal trick before they decided to part with old furniture.
This trick is an old trick my grandma used to use back in the day. She made her own furniture polish. I’ve only tried this on real wood furniture. I’ve have not attempted to try it on the cheap Ikea type furniture.
This post was inspired by a conversation I had this morning with a lady I met at a garage sale. She was asking how to refinish and old chest she just purchased. I thought everyone knew this trick already but she didn’t. I kept in touch with my new friend and she immediately went home to try this homemade scratch remover. She said IT WORKED! IT WORKED! I was extremely happy to share this super easy trick with her. She may have gone a little crazy though because she started polishing everything in her house with it.
TIP: For deep scratches you may also want to use a permanent marker in a matching color before you apply this solution. I seem to always be using the brown Sharpie markers on my furniture.
Making that used furniture shine is not the only thing I do with it. Sometimes I get really crafty and use my homemade chalk paint recipe to repaint it. I love this recipe because there’s no sanding or prep work required before painting your treasures. I love that part. I might be a little lazy in that way. lol
Here’s how to make your very own DIY Oil and Vinegar Furniture Scratch removal solution:
1 part Distilled White Vinegar – I ran out once and used Apple Cider Vinegar and it worked exactly the same
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. Wipe off the excess oil with a clean towel.
PRO TIP: You can even put this solution in a spray bottle to use it. Just be sure to shake it up before you use it. The oil alone will never spray out of the bottle but because it’s mixed with vinegar it will.
Here are a super quick video to show you exactly how quickly this solution works: