It is visible, I can see it, it wrecks my aesthetic and bothers me like crazy until I smooth it out. I call it my princess and the pea syndrome ~ you may not notice it, but I do and it makes me very uncomfortable.
Latest case in point, the stain on my bathroom vanities was beginning to chip and not in a good way. The exposed wood was making me nuts. Every time I walked into one of those rooms, I became fixated on those less than perfect spots. The bathrooms were clean and neat, decorated in a very pleasing way, but all I could see were those chips.
So this fall, I decided to remedy that. I used to have one of those waxy pencils made to fill in the chips, but they never really did the trick, and besides, I didn't have one handy. What I did have was a magic marker. It covered those scratches in a jiffy and now my design OCD has been quelled. At least for today or until someone sits on my bed.
|The Unsightly Before|
|The Fabulous After ~ Not Perfect But As Good As It's Going To Get Without Sanding|
Here's what I did:
I wiped down my furniture with a barely damp rag. Then I colored over the chipped area with a brown marker. Always test your marker color in a discreet area to make sure you are comfortable with the match.
I wiped over the area with a cotton swab to remove excess marker from the already stained wood.
Next, I wiped over the markered spot several times until no more marker came off on the rag.
Now, I used a washable kid's marker. I was sloppy with my coloring, I did not manage to stay in the lines and the washable marker wipes cleanly and easily away from the stained wood. It only clings to the exposed wood areas. This way it doesn't look like a patch job. Had I used a Sharpie, my mistakes would be permanent and frankly, the color would be too dark. The washable marker also behaves more like a stain, it has a watery consistency and you can actually work it into the wood.
Now here's my DISCLAIMER! I am not a woodworking pro. I routinely cover chips with marker. It works well for me. It's quick, it doesn't smell bad and I always have markers handy, but like I said earlier I AM NOT A PERFECTIONIST! So I don't care if my fix lasts forever and I am not irked if the color isn't a dead on match.
If you are a perfectionist or repairing an heirloom or important piece of furniture, I would not suggest you use this method. I just want to be clear that this is my quick, very unscientific, cheat of a fix.
Too bad they don't make a marker for those.
*Update: I actually applied this quick furniture fix back in late October, but holiday crafts preempted its publication. I am happy to report that the vanities still look fabulous and this weekend, my handy marker and I tackled a few spots on my kitchen floor and wooden saddle. Worked like a charm!
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