Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Love Affair

It's not what you think.

To sell off our dining table...



... on Craigslist, I needed to touch up some scratches (some were very deep) acquired during the move from Little Rock to Chattanooga.  But how do you do that without sanding and staining the entire piece?

Cue superhero music:


Meet your new best friend: a Minwax Stain Marker. It's perfect for scratches and areas where the stain is worn.


You just shake it and depress it until the stain flows. 


Pretty simple. 

I typically fill in following the grain of the wood...



... then wipe any excess off (again, following the grain of the wood) with a paper towel.

I used the pen on Mimaw's desk...



...which had scratches everywhere.



(For the record, I have the drawer pull, but I'm going to have to do some serious repair to the drawer front before the pull will stay in.)



After about 20 minutes with the stain pen, the desk looked revived.




We bought the "dark walnut" stain because it matched the dining table the best, but (besides Mimaw's desk) I've used the same pen on...

the small sideboard in the den...


the Duncan Phyffe side table in the living room...


the two-tiered side table in the den...


the coffee table in the den...


even the scratches on the front door (Thanks, Callie)...



 I was pleased that the "dark walnut" worked well for all these pieces, so if you're an antique-hunter, it might be a good place to start. Very versatile.

It's like Windex: it fixes anything. (Kudos if you get the reference.)  Of course, nothing will make old pieces look brand new (and why would you want that?), but it freshens them up; it takes pieces from banged up to simply well-worn.

Grants said that if he doesn't know where I am, I'm probably somewhere with a stain pen.

I'll get off my soapbox now.
Happy Sunday!
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