Fix Scratches and Nicks on Wood
Porch and picnic tables take a beating during the summer. Scratches and nicks in wood can't be repaired, but they can be camouflaged.
Shoe polish, more opaque than tinted paste wax, offers easy coverage for an overused tabletop or frequently kicked table legs. It's also reversible: If you don't like the way it looks, you can remove it with mineral spirits. Place a small amount of polish in a color that matches the surface you're treating on a soft cloth and rub it into the scratch until it disappears. Permanent color from a lacquer stick is adequate for furniture that won't have another generation of owners, but do not use it on a valuable or an antique.