How to Repair a Deep Scratch on Painted Furniture
Accident or Vandalism?I finished this desk last summer, took it to the booth for sale, and within a matter of days it was damaged with a deep scratch about 3 or 4 inches long gouged into the top of the desk. Sometimes accidents happen, but in this case I suspected it was deliberate. If properly applied, Chalk Paint and clear wax will provide a strong durable finish once it has cured. Nevertheless, it's not impervious to sharp metal objects.
Damage & RepairNeedless to say I was discouraged, but more even more discouraged thinking it was done deliberately. So I brought it home to make repairs, but my motivation level was zero, so it's been sitting in a corner waiting. And waiting. And waiting. Until recently when I finally thought enough is enough. We had a break in the winter weather, so I decided it was time tackle this project once again.
|Gouge about 3 to 4 inches scratched into painted surface.|
The top of the desk rests on the pedestal drawers, so I removed the top and took it outside. I didn't want to repaint the grey border, so I concentrated on sanding the area inside the border.
|The orbital sander is a beast and makes the job easier.|
I sanded smooth the entire area within the border with heavier concentration on the scratched section.
|Repairs in progress.|
I taped off the grey border with painter's tape.
|Tape off sections not to be painted.|
To prevent the white paint from seeping under the tape and onto the grey border, I carefully painted a thin layer of paint at the edge of the tape and then let it dry completely before painting the rest of the surface. I lightly sanded the paint and then sealed it with clear wax.
|Apply a thin coat of paint to prevent it from seeping under the tape.|
Third Time's a Charm!So once again the desk is finished! I re-staged it and took new photos. I was lucky to get some advice from designer/staging experts on how to stage the desk. It was recommended to get a silver vase for the flowers, so I went to the thrift store and was lucky enough to find the vase shown in the photo.
And I've fallen in love with it once again. I especially love the color combination of French Linen and Old White.
|Color combination: ASCP French Linen and Old White|
And the vintage key is just so charming!
|Vintage desk with key.|
Repainting the area inside the border provides extra definition and contrast to the space. I usually give furniture a second chance, but in this case it actually got a third chance!
|The Black Sheep Shoppe. Giving furniture a second chance.|
I was going to take the desk back to the booth, but my husband is thinking about keeping it. So it's back to sitting in a corner until he decides whether he wants it or not. If he does decide to keep it he said he will have a piece of glass cut to fit the top.
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Below are the supplies I used for this project. Some (not all) links are affiliate links which means I earn a (very) small commission if you make a purchase. It doesn't cost you extra, but it helps support the time and effort of maintaining the blog. Thank you for your support and understanding!
Supply List for Repairs
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Products: Old White and soft clear wax
- Painter's tape
- Orbital sander
- Tack cloth (for removing sanding dust)
- Flexible sanding pad