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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Marked for Life

I used to wonder what "terrible twos" really meant. Did these sweet angelic babes suddenly turn into raving little monsters?

Well, I got my first bitter taste of the "terrible twos" syndrome... This morning, I caught my little dumpling using a permanent black marker on our antique narra (Burmese rosewood) bench which was custom-made from our province. Because of my wobbly pregnant legs, I was too late to stop him:

Practicing his scribbles on our antique narra

Even our bedsheet got victimized by my toddler's quick hands! 
Good thing he decided to use his washable markers for this particular work of art.

My first instinct was to use baby wipes. I scrubbed the wood furiously. But the black marks just stayed there... mocking me. I wasn't about to give up! I tried to use different kinds of soap but still the marks did not fade, not even a little bit. I was thinking of using alcohol but I wasn't sure if it would leave a white mark (and that's another nightmare waiting to happen!)

I searched online to see if there was a special wood product I could use to remove the stain.... 

Then I found it, and I bet you'll never guess what it is...


No, this is not a sponsored post!

Just a few scrub-a-dub-dub and voila! Our antique wood is as good as new (or should I say, as good as old?)!!!
See, Mummy! You were worried over nothing!

So mummies, just remember that your toothpaste isn't just for your pearly whites! It's also an antique wood's mercenary from naughty little toddler hands :)


  1. A really handy tip for toddler moms like me! Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Alphabet Mom! And welcome to my blog :)

  2. hi yummy mummy, thanks for this post! i didn't know that colgate can be used this way too! :) i'm quite sure there are other moms who can benefit from this tip! nice one! :D

    1. Thanks, Mama Bear! Glad to have found a nifty solution to my problem already sitting in my cupboard. No need for expensive wood solutions or revarnishing!