How to Repair a Deep Scratch on Painted Furniture

Vintage desk painted in ASCP French Linen and Old White.

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 & Repair

Needless 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.
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.
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.
Repairs in progress.

I taped off the grey border with painter's tape.

Tape off sections not to be painted.
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.
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
Color combination: ASCP French Linen and Old White

And the vintage key is just so charming!

Vintage desk with key.
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.
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.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!


Supply List for Repairs

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!





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