I have great news for you today!
It’s been ten years since moving in. I tried to ignore the need to repaint our woodwork, but I knew it was time. My usual way of wiping with a wet cloth was no longer getting the job done.
I decided to try something else. Anything to avoid painting every inch of wood trim in the house, right?
I started at the stairs. See these black streaks made by the rubber guard around my old vacuum cleaner? I’d over-looked the marks all those years of using the old vacuum. Fresh paint would take care of it and no worries with the new vacuum. How I Still Love My New Hoover Steerable, because it doesn’t mark my woodwork and walls like this!
After testing the DIY Magic Eraser Sponges on my cutting table in the project studio, I placed the used one (that I’d rinsed well) back into the solution with the unused sponge. (Two sponges were sitting there, calling my name for two weeks!) I took the sponge, squeezed out the solution, and tried it on the baseboard marks.
Makes sense, right? (Why didn’t I think of it sooner?)
On the front of each step, there were black marks from Fun Son’s steel-toed work boots he wore for his first job.
One thorough scrubbing over the front of each step wasn’t enough to completely erase the black marks. See the hint of black scuffing still there?
I let it rest a few minutes and went on to other areas. I came back around and scrubbed it again, and this time, it wiped clean – nice and white. I guess letting it soak for a few minutes really helps. So, don’t give up if you think it’s not working! Let it soak, then give it another try.
I celebrated the good news.
Yay! I don’t have to paint anything! Woohoo, I’m done!
Of course, I was on a roll, so I moved on to the baseboards around the house. I completely destroyed both sponges on the bathroom woodwork alone – cabinets and everything. (No pictures of those horrid things.) But, I’m here to tell you…they are gleaming white now, too.
A little sad news: our master bathroom cabinets actually DO need repainting since you can’t put white paint back again where it’s warn off from scrubbing hair spray away all these years – except by painting it. Oh, well…you can’t win them all.
But only painting the cabinet fronts in one bathroom is way better news than painting trim work and cabinets throughout your entire house. Right? High five!
And, we enjoy feeling like we live in a new, freshly painted house again.
When I originally published the post about making your own DIY Magic Eraser Sponges, did you pass it by thinking you didn’t need them? Do you want to reconsider and save yourself some painting labor?