Happy Monday, Friends! We are expecting lots of company in a few weeks, so there are a few things on my to-do list before they arrive. One thing on my list is to touch up scratches on the furniture. Come see how easy it is to touch up furniture!
Moving can reek havoc on your furniture and your house. We ended up with a few scratches on the doors and furniture. I’ve found the quickest and easiest way to fix the scratches is to cover them up! The inside of our front door got a nasty scratch which we assume happened on move-in day. Luckily, it’s near the bottom of one of the doors, so it’s not that noticeable. Never the less, I want to fix it.
My go-to remedy for minor scratches is the Guardsman Touch-Up Pen. ( Guardsmen Touch-Up Markers here ) I bought these a while back and they have lasted a long time.
The Guardsman Touch-Up Pens come in a simple pack of 3 for $10.68 plus free shipping on Amazon Prime. This pack comes in 3 colors, dark, medium and light which covers most shades of furniture. For black furniture I’ve been known to use a black permanent marker and that works well too. (Be sure to test the colors in an inconspicuous spot first).
After choosing which Guardsman marker would best work with the color of our door, I simply marked over the scratch and wiped it off with a clean, dry cloth. Now the scratch is barely visible.
Again, since the scratch is located near the bottom of the door, it’s not a big deal. And it looks much better now.
This is one of the feet on the antique secretary/bookcase in our master bathroom. This decorative foot has been missing a piece for a while now. (Sadly I can’t find it.) And because this is the side of the furniture that faces the room, I wanted to disguise the obvious missing piece of trim work.
I scribbled over the flat area of exposed wood with the darkest color marker and here’s how it looks now:
And a side by side comparison. It looks much better, right? Now my eye isn’t instantly drawn to the lighter colored wood and I can appreciate the beauty of the piece instead of what is missing. Such a quick and easy fix!
These markers can work on most any type of wood, but I advise reading the manufacturers instructions and testing in a small inconspicuous area before using on the front of a piece. Sort of like when I start painting, I start in a back corner to test the consistency of the paint and the steadiness of my hand before I start the main area. For both of my scratches I used the darkest colored pen. This one works well on cherry furniture and dark mahogany. I also use the pens to touch up the legs on my chairs. Works like a charm! (If you have ever had a puppy, you need these!)
These markers also work well on wooden banisters, stairs and cabinets. I use the darkest pen the most because I have lots of cherry furniture and darker pieces. Sometimes a simple fix is the easiest! Don’t you love it when it happens that way?
Later I’ll share a bit of Christmas around the house. It’s all finally coming together! So until next time, I hope you have a lovely evening! xo Dell