It’s inevitable: When I work with new or even long-term colleagues and clients, they always ask me what products I can’t live without. And while I don’t have any super-secret tricks up my sleeve, I will share a few items that are ALWAYS in my toolbox for every staging or decorating consult.
- Restor-A-Finish: This is like magic in a can. Whenever I have a scratched-up cabinet, bannister or piece of wood furniture, I wipe a little of this on and off and it looks like new. Best of all, it’s good for small projects like a scratched-up buffet, or larger-scale efforts like an entire set of cabinets. It’s amazing. I don’t know why more people don’t know about this stuff. Learn more about it here.
- Tibet Almond Oil Stick: This is my go-to product for scratches on wood products, like floors and furniture. This is different from Restor-A-Finish because you don’t have to match colors. And while it might not fix the molding that your new puppy chewed up five years ago, it will remove just about any superficial scratches. It’s hard to find, but many old-fashioned hardware stores have it in stock. Learn more about the stick here.
- Pledge: Yes, the Pledge in a can you can buy at your local Shop Rite, Target, or CVS. But here’s the catch: I don’t use it for only wood furniture. Instead, I’ve found that regular old Pledge cleans the fingerprints and other random smudges off stainless steel really well. Just make sure to test it on a little invisible patch before you wipe down your entire fridge – and follow the grain of the stainless steel.
- Color Wheel: This sounds a lot more intimidating than it is. Buying (and using) a color wheel is so helpful in figuring out what colors you love – and what colors work well with what you already have. You can buy one for less than $10 from Amazon, Michael’s or any other art supply store, and it features easy-to-follow instructions (right on the wheel) and the basic principles of color theory. It’s very much worth the money!
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