And now for something a little different.
I generally build my own furniture these days, but when I first started out DIY’ing, like most people I was picking up furniture from the local consignment shop. With a little love and some paint or stain I could quickly bring these pieces back to their former glory… or even make them a little better… in my opinion (chalk paint is still cool right?). Well some of those pieces are still around the house and years of wear and tear with a toddler and several cats that think they are competing on Ninja Warrior have left quite a few scratches in the finish.
Well scratches beware because the Mohawk 3 in 1 Repair Sticks are about to send you the way of the dinosaurs. By repairing you… not by hitting you with an Earth shaking asteroid or slowly turning you into birds over several million years… Check out the video below or stick around for instructions. Or do both!
Oh you’re back! Or you skipped ahead… you rebel you. So how do these fancy magic markers work?
Depending on if you’re from the era of Taylor Swift, Florence + The Machine or the Cars you can either “Shake It Off”, “Shake It Out” or “Shake It Up”. Each method works. Bonus point if you play the song while you shake the Repair Stick for 30 seconds. Or longer if you’re really digging the tunes.
Pop the top and hold the Repair Stick upright, then depress the nib. I honestly have never heard of the word nib used in this context, but sure enough, it’s the pointed end part of a pen that distributes the ink. I guess I’ll allow it, sort of like an aglet. When you depress the nib, it releases any gas pressure that might have built up over time or from your shaking session. When your paint starts flowing, dab the tip by pressing it (not “Dab” dancing) into a rag until it becomes fully saturated. For the record… I had no idea I was going to have so many song references in this post.
This is the point where I should be telling you to try the Repair Stick on a test area, just in case it doesn’t match. What fun is that? Go hard or go home I say! Or play it safe. Your choice. Otherwise, you can use the nib and color in any minor scratches.
If you have a deep scratch, open the end of the Repair Stick with the tinted Fil-Stik filler. Then rub the tinted wood filler into the scratch at a 45 degree angle. If you go at a 42 or a 48 degree angle I’ll know. Don’t you even try it. Spoiler, the Repair Stick will explode (the repair stick WILL NOT explode, 45 degrees is the ideal angle for application).
After applying the filler, put the cap back on and use the Leveler cap like a little bulldozer to scrap off any excess filler. Make sure you have a smooth surface when you’re finished.
Wipe away any excess filler with that rag you were not supposed to be dab dancing with earlier.
If you were filling in a bigger scratch and there’s any wood still showing, go back and touch it up with the marker side (with the nib!). Take your finger and blend the remaining stain into the surface. I personally like to use someone else’s finger (preferably still attached) so I don’t get stain on my finger. Wipe away any excess and you’re done!
The Mohawk 3 in 1 Repair Sticks currently come in 4 colors at the time of this post, but rumor has it that they will eventually have 12 colors. Speaking of, the colors match EXACTLY with IKEA Furniture colors. Is this a happy accident? Nope. Mohawk used IKEA pieces to formulate the colors. But if you’re like me and the closest Blue Box “please help me I’m lost in the florgenruben section” Store is several hours and a few hundred miles away, the Repair Sticks work on non-IKEA furniture too!
You can pick up the Mohawk 3 in 1 Repair Sticks currently on Amazon in Black, Brown, White & White Stain (*affiliate link).
~ Lazy Guy
*This post was sponsored by Mohawk Finishing Products. I’ve been compensated for my opinion and time. My opinion is my own (and so is my time), but this product fixed the scratches in my furniture… so I might be slightly biased now. Ha!