Category Archives: Wood Finish Stain Markers

Classic Design, New Chair

I love antiques, but that doesn’t mean I won’t pass up a bargain on a recent reproduction, like this slightly-used oak Arts and Crafts Morris chair Leigh Ann and I spotted at a local thrift shop. The finish was slightly worn, but I knew how to handle that problem.

First we put it up on our workbench, which seems logical, but for those of you still working on the floor of your garage, trust me:  a sturdy workbench makes every project easier, more enjoyable, and more successful.

Speaking of easier, the Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain Markers with their felt tips make fixing those annoying nicks and dings simple and fast.

So how to protect and restore a worn finish? With a fine synthetic pad dipped in Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax, then gently rubbed over and into the existing finish.

In just a few minutes the Paste Finishing Wax will have begun to harden. And here is where a clean soft cloth is better than a paper towel, for a good buffing will make the Paste Finishing Wax simply glow like a cherished antique. Which leaves only one question….

Which of my office assistants will get first dibs on the chair? (Looks like Percy won.)

Until next time,

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Those Nasty Door Dings

The doors in our home really do take a daily beating:  moving furniture in and out, kicking them open with our foot as we balance four grocery bags, and grinding the edges with dog leashes. Before long we have an assortment of nicks in what had once been a beautiful finished door.

That’s the time when I reach for a Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain Marker. Available in eight different colors, each one contains actual Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain dispensed through a felt tip. Just apply a little to the nick, then rub off any excess stain with a paper towel . . .  .

And the nick or scratch will nearly disappear!

Until next time,

Measure twice, saw once!

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Candlewax Repair

Not long ago I found a fine Arts and Crafts settee with one problem:  a spot of dried candlewax on the arm. Not wanting to damage the finish with sandpaper, I first carefully scraped away the red wax using a single-edged razor blade . . .

I then used a felt-tipped Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain Marker to replace the color that was lost in the process . . . .

And now I’m having a difficult time seeing where the candlewax had been — and I never had to open a can, thanks to the Minwax® Stain Marker.

Until next time,

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Tips For the Holidays

The holidays are definitely upon us, but we still have time to get our house ready for family and friends, making sure that when they leave, our house still looks as good as when they arrived. And speaking of arriving, this worn doormat may say “Welcome,” but it certainly doesn’t look welcoming.

A new inexpensive doormat will not only look more attractive, but it will save wear-and-tear on your carpeting and hardwood floors as it picks up sharp particles of grit from your guests’ shoes.

Forget to turn on the porch light? Or change the bulb? Upgrading your old light to a double motion-sensitive fixture is quick and easy — just don’t forget to turn off the power first!

Once inside the front door, your guests may be reaching for the newel post at the bottom of the stairs. Ours had loosened, but Leigh Ann simply had to tap the nails back in with a hammer and punch to tighten it, then disguised the holes with pre-tinted Minwax® Wood Putty to match the color of the oak.

And then where will your guests go? To the kitchen, of course! Make sure your kitchen cabinets can withstand their scrutiny by first wiping them down with Minwax® Wood Cabinet Cleaner and a clean soft cloth or paper towel.

We certainly don’t have time for a new refinishing project, so grab a Minwax® Wood Finish Stain Marker to cover up any nicks and scratches on your furniture.

And speaking of furniture, the holidays also mean people will be moving your furniture, sliding it across your precious hardwood floors. Before they do, simply tap in protective furniture glides to make sure no one scratches your floor.

Once they settle in, your guests will be setting their glasses down just about anywhere, so make sure you have plenty of coasters handy, including trivets or tiles for plates of hot food. And if the finish is looking thin, add a coat of Minwax® Wipe-On Poly to provide another layer of protection.

Last tip for today: don’t leave clean-up for the morning. Left overnight, even drips of alcohol and crumbs of food will have time to leave a permanent stain on your furniture finish or upholstery.

Until next time,

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