Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hiding Furniture Scratches

When I go to places like the Salvation Army thrift store I almost never bother to look at the art because most of it is terrible. There is a reason that the person that donated it no longer wanted it in their home and it's usually pretty obvious. But my mom was with me that day and when I went over to that section of the store to get her I noticed this mirror. It was gorgeous. I picked it up and it was very heavy, almost like picking up the Doodlebug.

The wood frame was real, but it had some nicks and scratches on it. And it was half off. That made it $7.50. For a gorgeous wooden frame with mirror.

The next thing I know, I'm in line with it tucked under my arm. Hmm, how did that happen?

I think a lot of pieces look better with a distressed look. But when my hubby suggested trying to touch up the scratches and dings with shoe polish my ears perked up. How could shoe polish fix a wooden mirror frame?

Well, it turns out that shoe polish is basically dye mixed into some wax. That sounds like it could work, so we got out the shoe polish and tried it.

Less than five minutes later the scratches were almost invisible. Amazing!

I loved this quick and easy fix to spruce up my thrift store mirror. Doesn't it look great in it's new home?

For more great tips check out Works for Me Wednesdays on Kristen's blog.


  1. It looks great! I wouldn't have thought of it, but it makes a lot of sense. Sounds like something my husband would think of. I guess shoe polish just isn't on my mind :)

  2. nice mirror! you really really are brilliant!

  3. You make this stay-at-home mom proud! Don't you just love trash!

  4. Great idea. Shoe polish seems so much less intimidating than wood stain.


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