We like using this art marker in lieu of staining our kits. Unlike stain or paint, the marker doesn't warp the material that it is being applied to. We recommend coloring the item with the marker twice; finish up by buffing the piece to a sheen with a soft cloth.
This is the same marker that is included in the 1:48 (quarter scale) C'est La Vie Kit.
One marker will do many furniture kits.