We’re coming up on two years since we bought our home, so that means two years since we painted. With holiday guests expected, it’s time for a touch up. So a few weeks back I went through the house looking over all the walls and placed a small piece of blue painter’s tape next to every scuff, smudge, and scratch. Then I rooted through my paint closet and found the unused paint that I had thought to store, clearly labeled Farrow & Ball Blackened — thank you, Past Self! All I had to do now was mix some of that with 50% water, test a small area to see if the color blended (finger’s crossed), and get this job done.
But I kept putting it off. Several weeks went by. Little bits of blue painter’s tape were admonishing: “Paint me, paint me!”
It was enough to make me second-guess my wall color. Why did I choose a gray and not a white?!
Our previous home had stark white walls, so I was able to keep up with smudges and scuffs and scratches using Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It really does extend the life of your paint — I’m not being paid to say this. I was painting every five years instead the recommended every two years.
Our walls now aren’t exactly white — they’re a light silvery gray. The paint is Benjamin Moore color-matched to Farrow & Ball’s “Blackened”. I assumed magic eraser was out for anything but white walls, but this near-calamity convinced me otherwise.
I was on another project — painting an arm chair upholstery with Rit Dye (hell yeah, you can do that!) — when I inadvertently got red dye spatter on the wall.
Naturally, I reached for Magic Eraser. Not only did it do the trick — not a trace of red drops were showing the next day — but it happily didn’t alter the chalky finish of our plaster. There were no shiny patches where I had applied the eraser and I couldn’t even tell red spatter had ever been there.
I reasoned, if magic eraser can clean red dye, surely it can clear a few smudges from my gray walls, and this weekend I put it to the test.
I’ve put away the wall paint for now. All I have left is to spot retouch some gouges and cracks in the kitchen and we are good to go. When I do, I’ll post a step by step on how to touch up paint.