Camouflage damage on old pine pieces with a little coffee.

How to Cover Scratches in Dark Pine Furniture

by Kim Blakesley

The wood used in making your dark pine furniture is a "soft" wood. This simply means that the pores of the wood are farther apart than in a woods such as walnut and oak. Due to the softness of the wood, it scratches easily. Things as simple as dropping a toy, sliding an object on the surface or a cat scratching its claws on the wood make an impact. There is no need to fret over scratches on your dark pine furniture, though. You can cover minor imperfections without even making a run to the hardware store.

Clean the area with soap and water to remove all dust and debris. Allow the area to dry thoroughly.

Remove splinters from the area if they exist.

Pour 1 teaspoon of instant coffee in a coffee cup. Add 1/8 teaspoon of water. Mix thoroughly to create a thick paste. Add more instant coffee or water to the mixture until the paste looks like thick brownie mix.

Dip a soft, lint-free cloth in the paste. Work it into the scratch on the surface of your dark pine furniture.

Allow the paste to sit in the scratch for three minutes.

Rub the area with a soft, lint-free cloth until all coffee paste is removed and the surface is shiny.

Items you will need

  • Instant coffee
  • Water
  • Measuring spoons
  • Coffee cup
  • Soft, lint-free cloth


  • Other possible fixes include filling the crack with eyeliner that matches the wood finish; rub a walnut over the area; rub dark furniture polish over the area, rub oil-based stain that matches the wood over the area; or rub oil based products over the area such as linseed oil, blended furniture oil or paste wax.

About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."

Photo Credits

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