Are you looking for an easy DIY fix for beat-up baseboards? Using this method, you can learn how to fix up your baseboards quickly.
We have lived in our house for 15 years. The strips of wood at the bottom of our walls have taken quite a beating. The baseboards in our house are pretty beat-up looking. They have survived (barely) multiple animals and two boys.
As crazy drivers, our toddlers would ram the Cozy Coupe into the walls. In addition, the big dog bones would scrape along the bottom of the walls as our dogs would cheerfully run around the house. Those are just a few examples. I’m sure even more has happened to them.
As hard as I tried to keep the baseboards protected and clean, it was a futile effort. I gave up after a while. I know we will eventually repaint the baseboards, but I need a cheaper, easier option for now.
If you also have damaged baseboards and want to make old ones look pretty again, here are some tips for you.
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How to Quickly Fix Up Your Baseboards
First, get one of these oil-based paint markers that closely matches the shade of your baseboards.
Then, wipe down the baseboards that you will be fixing. You’ll notice quite a big difference after just doing this step. I used an all-purpose spray I make at home, but you can also use Pledge multi-surface cleaner or a mix of gentle soap and water.
You can also make your own cleaners easily.
Using a Paint Pen on Your Baseboards to Touch Up the Paint
After the baseboards are completely dry, grab your paint marker and carefully touch up the chipped and scratched spots.
You might need to go back through with an extra coat of paint if you can still see some of the bare wood on your scratched baseboards.
Finally, let the paint dry completely. It’s that simple.
Steps To Fix Baseboards
- Buy an oil-based paint marker that closely matches the shade of your baseboards.
- Using a dry cloth wipe all of the dust off the baseboards
- Spray Force of Nature or a homemade cleaner on the baseboards
- Wipe the baseboards wipe dry
- Touch up any bad chips with white wood putty or caulk
- After the baseboards are completely dry, grab your paint marker and carefully touch up the chipped and scratched spots
It won’t look flawless, but your baseboards will look good enough for a temporary solution until you can get them fixed and repainted.
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Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.