I’ve always gotten a lot of wonderful comments on the woodwork in my home. I favor the natural (or stained) look versus the painted variety and most of the comments center around the how really nice it always looks. I came to appreciate that when I moved into the new house. The woodwork was scratched, marked and lacking a finish in spots. Worn and scratched woodwork can make your home look old and outdated. And that is an easy enough fix.
First, give the trim or doors a good wash-down. I don’t use anything special, just a mild soap and water solution. Next, you want to remove any paint goofs, marker or scuff marks. To do this, I use good old fashioned nail polish remover. Yup. The kind you can pick up at the dollar store. Use a Q-Tip or a cotton ball and wipe those marks away just like you would if you were removing nail polish. It really is that easy and inexpensive.
Now comes the refresh part. I have a lot of left-over stain from various projects so it is fairly easy for me to match up the color of the stain on my wood. Since you are only working in small patches, you can usually get away with “close-enough.” Don’t have left-over stain? A small can is easy enough to purchase, or for really small or touch up jobs, they now make these wonderful stain pens. Find them in the stain aisle. They come in all kinds of colors. They work like a marker.
I wear a pair of vinyl gloves and depending on the size of the imperfection, dip a q-tip or a rag into the stain and then wipe it on the imperfection. A quick wipe off with a clean rag and you are done. This works great on most scratches or light wear-off. Got a little deeper scratch that the stain isn’t getting? I’ve used colored marker. I get the more expensive marker that you find in the craft store in the artist aisles. I tend to go with a shade lighter as the match up is not as easy. I know they make the colored wax, but I’ve never had good results with them.
I do this whenever needed, but it is a simple fix when going to sell the house, or moving out of the rental (think the trade of $10 or your deposit).
And there you have it — a woodwork refresh that can be done for under $10. I’m not sure the picture does it justice, but here are the results…
See how the trim looks much better? And the door doesn’t have the scratch or the fading finish?
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