We are coming on two years since we bought our home, so that means two years since we painted.
With holiday guests expected, it is time for a touch up. So a few weeks back I went through the house looking over all the walls and I 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. The 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?!
My 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.
But our new walls are not stark white - they are a light silvery gray. Our paint is Benjamin Moore color-matched to Farrow & Ball "Blackened". So I assumed magic eraser was out for anything but white walls. A 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 the magic eraser. Not only did it do the trick - not a trace of red drops were showing the next day - but also it did not alter the chalky finish of our plaster. In other words, there were no shiny patches where I applied the eraser. I couldn't even tell 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. This weekend I put it to the test.