Wood Touch-Ups

Keep your wood furniture, cabinets, and other wood finishes in your home looking like new.  Most minor dings, scratches, and other imperfections in the wood surfaces of your home can be easily touched-up using tinted wood putty and a stain marker.

Tinted putty can be used to fill nail holes, thin gaps in wood joints, small scratches and dents, and other imperfections.  Press the putty into the void and wipe away excess.  Use a stain marker to touch up exposed bare wood spots.  Simply shake and use like you would a normal marker.  With the combination of these two wood surface touch-up essentials, you’ll be able to hide minor flaws in your cabinets, furniture, wood floors, railings, wood doors, and any other wood finishes in your home.

Below are some examples of some wood touch-ups I did around my own house.  I’ve included a before and after picture of each example.

Cabinet

I touched up the scrapes on my kitchen cabinet with a stain marker.

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Wood Door

The panels of our solid wood front door shrunk a little due to changing temperatures, exposing some bare wood along the edges.  I touched this up using a stain marker.

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Railing

There were some gaps in the joints of our wood railing.  I filled them with some colored wood putty.

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Fireplace Mantel

We had some light scratches in the surface of the mantel above our fireplace that vanished with a little stain marker magic.

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Wood Floor

I noticed some voids in our wood floor that needed a little tinted wood putty.

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Bed Frame

I was able to hide the dings on our bed frame with a stain marker

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Putty and stain markers come in a variety of colors.  You can even combine a couple to get just the right color match.  Look for them in the paint section of your local home center.

DIY Material Cost Breakdown

  • tinted wood putty $4
  • stain marker $6

2 Replies to Wood Touch-Ups

  1. Nicki says:

    I just bought a stain marker last week to fix up a bunch of scratches and dings in the kitchen of our new house. I haven’t used them yet but after your post I am excited to give it a try and am hopeful for some fabulous results!! Love this fun website keep it up!!

  2. Ben Johnson says:

    Way cool! I must try.

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