Walnut Saves the Day

I really love my kids, I do, but sometimes they do things that I don’t understand.  Sometimes cute, like having conversations only they understand.  Others, not so cute.  Like coloring on the couch.  Or using a nail file to scratch the backs of our dining chairs.  Exhibit A:


Seriously, what the heck?!  Of course I was irritated, but I remembered a trick I’d heard, but never tried.  Use a raw walnut to cover the scratches.  Luckily, I had a bag of trail mix with a few walnuts left, so I used those.  Here’s the same chair after rubbing the nut over the scratches on the right:


And after covering all offending scratches:


Sure, the scratches are still kind of visible, but not from across the room.


The walnut colors the scratches nicely, but obviously can’t fill in the gouges.  I’m just happy for a cheap, quick fix.

Have you tried the walnut trick?  Care to share the strangest damage your child(ren) has/have done?  Do you have other quick tips for fixing furniture?

If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a room full of trim to paint.  Weehee!

12 thoughts on “Walnut Saves the Day

  1. Walnuts, huh? I had no idea. That’s cool. Now I know in case my kids decide to make their mark on any of my furniture. My son already decided to be creative with a stamp and red marker all over his walls this weekend. Good Times. Looks like ill be painting yet another room sometime in the near future.

  2. Hm. I’d probably still break out the Old English polish. It comes in two colors and I’d suggest gloves, but it works.

    My kids haven’t done much beyond forgetting a coaster. I think my teenaged daughter will remember sanding down and re-staining a rubberwood table for a long time. That stuff does NOT absorb stain very well!!! 😉

    When I was a kid, I had a really soft wood bedroom suite. I carved my name into the top. And used some costume jewelry with stone settings to press lovely flower shaped gouges into the top. Must have run in my family because my dad carved his initials into a table when he was small…and then tried to say it wasn’t him. Did I mention that the carving was of his *INITIALS*???

  3. I’ve heard of the walnut trick, but haven’t tried it yet. I did find a tutorial on pinterest that I found amazing. I bought a table at goodwill for $5 that was SUPER scratched up but for $5 how could I not buy it? Sound familiar? Haha. The tutorial said to use vinegar and oil (can’t remember the exact ratios) but it worked SOOOOO well. Looked like a brand new table!

  4. Yep, walnut almost always does the trick. I’ve used it on walls as well as furniture. So easy and fast!

  5. I have not tried the walnut trick, but I’m glad to see someone else has and that it worked! What your boys did though is definitely not the worst! My husband tells this story of his younger brother that makes me cringe! The family was getting ready to go somewhere and his brother went out to wait by the car. I think he was 5-7. Anyways he gets bored and finding a quarter in his pocket and starts dragging along the car…..all around the car…..at least 5 times before everyone else came out and found him doing it! He had no idea he was doing anything wrong. There are a few stories that my husband is not allowed to tell our kids and this is one if them!

    1. Hi Erin!

      Ahh, that is terrible! My dad is super protective of his cars, so we were constantly reminded not to touch any cars, unless we were getting in them. Things kids do are crazy!!


  6. Oh no! My kids do stupid stuff too. Never heard of the walnut trick but I have to remember it! Looks so much better!

  7. At least when my sister and I crayon-graffitied our mom’s dining room table, we had the decency to stick to the underside which no one ever saw 😉 Cool trick with the walnuts. Never heard of that before.

  8. Thanks for the tip! The latest thing that our youngest did was take a magnet and “draw” with it all over our stainless steel fridge door. Still don’t know how to get all the scratches and gouges out 😦

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