The house we bought has goregous woodwork. Every door and window is trimmed in beautiful, original, stained chestnut. However over a 100 years of wear and tear has left quite a bit of scuffing, and there are many, many places where raw wood is showing.
Enter the Minwax stain pen. These puppies only cost around $5 (the one I bought at Wally World was $5.43-I think they were a tiny bit cheaper at Lowes) , last quite a long time, and are WAY easier than opening up a can of stain and worrying about drips etc. I had originally thought that I might have to sand down and restain certain sections of the woodwork, but lucky for me and thanks to this gizmo, that is no longer necessary! Take a look at the difference in this windowsill after I used the pen:
Of course matching your woodwork may be difficult, but our painter pointed out that old wood has TONS of variation in colors, and that there are typically many spots that are much darker than the original wood. He said that darker spots would blend in better than lighter spots. I bought a pen in the Red Mahogany, Yankee Bill picked one up in Dark Walnut, and we’ve been using them both pretty much interchangeably all over. The dark does blend in with the natural age spots etc, making the touch ups barely noticeable-whereas raw wood on dark stain was highly noticeable!
This is one of those cases where a fairly inexpensive item has made a big difference in! It is so satisfying to cover up all those little dings and scratches that I’ve become a bit OCD about using it 🙂 I wouldn’t be surprised if Santa left me a stain pen in my stocking this year. . . . that’s how much I love this thing.
This is also a great little trick to use to refresh furniture, or to touch up a house before you try to sell it-I know that if the previous owners had done that in this house they would have been asking for more money!
Of course, if you have white painted woodwork, you are on your own 🙂