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How to Fix Scratches on Antique Furniture with Furniture Crayons

As part of our series on antique furniture restoration tips and tricks, I made this YouTube Video about how to easily fix wood blemishes, watermarks and scratches on antique furniture using furniture crayons. It is a question we hear quite often from friends and other people who have antique furniture. Perhaps they’ve accidentally scratched the wood moving the piece from room to room, or perhaps they have inherited a beloved heirloom that needs a little TLC.

In any case, we all know that we get a few wrinkles as we age! So here’s how you can do a little touch up and hide that blemish. This also works for new wood furniture that might have some superficial dings.

This is the video I made on YouTube about how to use furniture crayons to disguise scratches or other marks in the wood. I’ll also give a summary below.


There are various furniture crayons available, but Greg and I like to use Blendal sticks. Then we use Mohawk Tone Finish to set the crayons.

In the video example, I show how to use the furniture crayons to help with two different blemishes on an antique buffet or server. One is a gouge and scrape to the finish and the other one is a wear spot.

Here’s the secret: When you use your furniture crayons, you must apply several different colors, rather than try to exactly match one color of wood. This is because aged wood isn’t one color, it has earned a patina of time that is subtly beautiful. And even new furniture crafted in antique style is often distressed so the wood looks aged.

So for this antique buffet in the video, I use a dark brown furniture crayon, a red one, an even darker brown one, and a black. The black is probably the most important one!

As I work the crayons into the wood, I’m going with the grain of the wood and I keep changing colors, adding a little of one color then a little of another. I rub it in with my fingers. It’s all about being patient and keep applying color until you feel like you have really camouflaged it in.

As I said, black is important and I use it to give little grain lines, feathering it with my hand and putting a little more pressure on to smudge it in.  Don’t be afraid to mix the colors because that’s what gives you the visual depth. Antique pieces do have different layers and shades on the patina of the wood from natural aging. They are not uniform in tone, and that’s part of what makes a piece of antique furniture look so wonderful.

Be sure to always use your fingers to rub along the same grain as the wood. I keep adding layers of color until I feel like I’ve made the match. You’ll see that in the video I’m really taking my time and using a lot of colors until I feel like it’s going to blend in with what’s there. Still, I fix both marks in less then 10 minutes, so it’s pretty easy!

If you are working on an area that has a lot of carving, you might need to use a toothbrush to get into the all nooks and details of the carving.

Then I stand back and look at the whole piece.  I know I’m finished when the area I worked on doesn’t jump out at me!

Finally I use Mohawk Tone Finish to set the furniture crayons. We like to use the satin variety rather than a shiny one, because we find it blends in better.

I shake it to mix up the product and then do a test spray to make my nozzle is spraying evenly. Then I spray a really light mist. I let it set for just a minute and then give it another very light mist again.

Sometimes you have to do two passes, especially when it’s a bigger chip or ding. But after the tone finish, you can’t really see that there was a problem there at all.

When this dries, the work I’ve done really will have blended in. The blemish doesn’t jump out any more!

If you have any questions about how to fix blemishes, watermarks and scratches on antique furniture using furniture crayons, please do leave a comment in the comment box below!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 7 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Antique of the Week

We have started to post on social media about our “Antique of the Week.” Sometimes we want to highlight a piece of antique furniture or an antique decorative object because it is especially wonderful! It’s a nice way to showcase some pieces that our customers might like to see. We use the hashtag #AntiqueOfTheWeek on our accounts on Pinterest, Facebook and Google+ so if you aren’t following those accounts already, you can search on that #AntiqueOfTheWeek hashtag.

Normandy Antique French bedWe sometimes tie the antique of the week into the season or topical events. For example, we chose this beautiful romantic French antique bed as our Antique of the Week to honor the royal wedding when  Prince Harry married his lovely bride Meghan Markle.

Sometimes we choose a piece of antique furniture that has recently arrived on the ship after one of our antique buying trips in Europe, and we have just unwrapped it and are especially delighted to share it with you!

Here are some of favorite Antiques of the Week so far if you missed them!

Antique French Renaissance SetteeWe chose this antique French Renaissance Hunting style settee, because it has just arrived from our last buying trip in France. The gorgeous carved flourishes of foliage and floral upholstery also feel so summery. The oak settee dates to 1880 and we also have chairs available to match.

antique Dining chairs flemish

When the clocks went forward, we chose something green to remind us that spring was just around the corner! This elegant set of 6 antique Renaissance oak dining chairs in the Henry II style and upholstered in a green fabric was crafted in Belgium around 1900,

Antique French TrunkSpring also put us in mind of vacation travel, so we chose this antique French trunk with its original iron straps & handles.  You will not want to try to check in this heavy oak trunk at the airport, but isn’t it terrific? It was originally made in 1820 for travel and it has iron caps on each corner to protect it on its voyages. Now it can serve as a rustically decorative storage box and it’s a great conversation point…imagine where this box has traveled since it was first made in France nearly 200 years ago!

Prie-dieu antique French During Holy Week, we chose this beautiful antique French prie-dieu or prayer chair. We found it in a church in Normandy on our recent antiques buying trip to France. It is carved in oak wood, dating to 1890, and we had it reupholstered in red velvet.

Mother Child Dogs statueWe celebrated moms and Mother’s Day with this beautiful 1930 French chalkware statue showing a precious moment between a tender mother, her child, and the adoring family dogs! The sweet and beautifully detailed statue is a real charmer!

Eastlake antique bed 1890 VictorianThis week our Antique of the Week paid tribute to America and American craftsmanship with this antique Eastlake bed, crafted in the USA in around 1890. This classic American treasure boasts stately architectural detailing and floral carving in the mahogany wood.

If you want to see more of our Antiques of the Week over the coming months, search on the hashtag #AntiqueOfTheWeek and treat yourself to a dose of beauty!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 7 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Bookshelf: Historic American Gardens

Looking for some garden design inspiration now that it’s time for us to all get out in the garden? These beautiful books on historic American gardens will help some new ideas to blossom. The final book in this trio of recently published garden books will help you put your inspirations into action to create your own gorgeous American garden!

Ellen Shipman and the American Garden

Ellen Shipman and the American GardenEllen Shipman designed more than 600 gardens in the United States between 1914 and 1950. This book celebrates her work creating gorgeous formal American gardens for famous clients including the Fords, the Edisons, the Astors, and the du Ponts. She drew on the Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts movements, with an original approach to color.

You can see the results in her gardens in places including the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida; the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio; the Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, and Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University.

Seeking Eden

Seeking EdenThis new book celebrates the rich garden heritage of the state of Georgia, with the stories of nearly thirty public and private gardens. These include Colonial Revival gardens, historic town squares, college campuses, a conservation garden, rock gardens and ornamental 19th century parterres.

The book looks at the evolution of the gardens over the last couple of centuries, right through to the present day, with photographs to help bring their histories alive! If you want some inspiration from the luscious old gardens you’ve seen in Georgia, here’s the answer!

Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard Into the Garden of Your Dreams

Garden RenovationI love that subtitle, as Greg and I have been working for the last few years on just that dream in our Newberry, South Carolina garden. You can see some of our landscaping and gardening challenges and successes for our vintage 1920 bungalow renovation in my blog posts: The “before” jungle of a garden  when we moved in and The “after” garden: Roses in bloom.

We could have used this Garden Renovation book earlier! It’s written by garden designer Bobbie Schwartz, who takes a practical approach to transforming a problem child yard into a delightful garden paradise. She shares tips, ideas on how to plan the landscape and tackle planting choices and also shows her ideas in action with case studies and before and after photos of her own clients’ yards, featuring American gardens from across the country.

Happy gardening!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 7 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

 

 

Client Spotlight: Antique Chinese Wedding Bed

We imported this exquisite antique Chinese wedding bed to the USA in 2012…. it had previously inhabited a home schedule for demolition so it was wonderful to have the chance to give the Chinese wedding bed a new life! It was finally purchased by our customer Dongming in Greenville, SC, so it has landed in a place very different to its origins in the Zhejiang Province in Eastern China!

Antique Chinese Wedding Bed

Dongming and his daughter had driven to Columbia for the day and were on their way home to Greenville, when his daughter decided she really wanted to eat at Arby’s. They got off I-26 at Newberry, and while looking for Arby’s, they ended up on Main Street. Dongming decided he wanted to stop in some antiques shops, which is how he made his way to our EuroLux Home antiques store. He is a professor of Asian Studies, specializing in Chinese literature, so when he saw the antique Chinese wedding bed in our Gallery, he stopped in his tracks! He knew exactly what it was and also knew it would fit in his master bedroom. To top it all off, it was his birthday – so of course, he took it as a sign that it was fate and he was supposed to purchase the beautiful bed!

antique Chinese wedding bed

The Late Qing Dynasty antique Chinese wedding bed in red lacquered pine dates to around 1900 and it is very ornamental and ornate. Antique Chinese wedding beds like this were once used by royalty, and were often called “Eight Step Beds.”  It is divided into two areas, one for sleeping and the other for placing shoes and personal items as you get ready for bed. A Chinese wedding bed was actually used like an entire bedroom and Chinese women spent most of their time eating, embroidering, socializing, and sleeping in this area.

Greg and I were out of town at the furniture market in North Carolina when Dongming purchased the bed, and we already had deliveries scheduled for the following week in Georgia. However, Dongming was leaving to take a group of students on a study abroad tour in China for the summer and he really wanted to have the bed delivered prior to his departure.

antique Chinese wedding bed in partsI stayed up until 4 am the night before the delivery in order to get all 50 pieces of the bed cleaned, waxed, and ready to be delivered, but I made it happen!

The bed comes apart in about 50 pieces and is completely held together with tenon and mortise joints – no hardware at all! This is a photo of about half of the bed pieces.

It took about two hours to reassemble it in Dongming’s home, but it looks great! The bed features various carvings of people and traditional Chinese symbols, gilded with a very fine layer of gold.

antique Chinese wedding bedDongming is planning to use the Late Qing Dynasty bed on a daily basis, so this very beautiful bed will continue to be loved and cherished. We’re so glad the superb antique Chinese wedding bed was saved and it found a new home!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 7 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.