I’ve mentioned before that Bikeman and both my sons-in-law like to hunt for “mantiques” when we go picking. They all look for old estate pipes and related tobacco memorabilia like this vintage pipe stand and humidor. We actually bought this so long ago I don’t even remember how much we paid for it. I’m sure it was under $10. Probably because of those scratches on top, even though that inlaid wood was beautiful.
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How to Remove Scratches from Wood
Many times when there are major scratches on a wood piece I’ll just sand it down and paint over them. But since this was a more manly piece and I loved the inlaid wood detail I didn’t want to paint it. And I was afraid I’d mess it up if I tried to sand and restain it.
So this was the perfect thrift store piece to test out a simple method to remove scratches from wood. You only need a couple of supplies that you probably already have in your home:
- white vinegar
- olive oil
Mix them together in equal parts. Rub it on the scratches with a soft cloth. Then buff it off.
Here’s a video to show you how simple it is. Then scroll down to see how well it worked on our vintage pipe stand! Even better than this video shows!
The Finished Vintage Pipe Stand
Isn’t that wood gorgeous? And take a look at the inside.
I’m not an expert on tobacco memorabilia so I’m not sure what that metal piece is for. Probably something to control the moisture? Leave a comment if you know.
Other Thrift Store Makeovers You Might Like
If you enjoyed this vintage pipe stand makeover, you might also like these:
- One way we’ve displayed the estate pipes Bikeman collects
- How to Clean Used Furniture (also good for small pieces like this!)
- Flea Market Tips
- 25 Things You Should ALWAYS Buy at Thrift Stores
- Online Source for Vintage Pipes Stands
Thanks for reading!
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim