Remember that wonderful little memorial heart the vet sent me after Sophie passed away? I had it sitting on my hutch for several weeks ... admittedly dusting around it & other things located there rather than moving them ... & this is what I discovered when I finally did lift it up. I actually had to pry it up, hoping all the while that it wouldn't break. It didn't, but it left its mark. Whatever the heart is made of, it sort of ate into the finish, but not into the wood itself. You can't see it from across the room or anything, but it's there.
I immediately contacted a cabinet maker in town but he was unable to help. I even suggested sanding & staining the entire top of the piece, but he said no. I thought I had found the answer today. I needed to do a bit of painting & saw a couple cans of stain/finish in the paint cabinet. Hoping beyond hope that it would work, I applied the stain/finish & left it sit for a while, then wiped it off. It didn't help one bit. This is, in fact, how it looks after that process.
Is there anything else I could do to make this heart shape less noticeable, or to get rid of it altogether?
Many thanks for any suggestions you can send my way.