Have you ever looked around at the baseboards in your house and cringed？ Baseboards get dirty， chipped and dinged over time. It's totally normal. But， worn baseboards can make your otherwise beautiful room look kind of worn out. No one wants that! And baseboards can really take a beating during home renovations.
Our baseboards looked TERRIBLE after all the demo for our first-floor and kitchen renovation (which is nearly done as I write this post). So if you've ever wondered how to repair baseboards to make them look fresh and pretty again， you are in the right place. You just need to right materials and technique. And that's exactly what I'm going to teach you in this post.custom gifts for dad
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First a bit of background. We had a tile floor removed in our foyer. Typically， you remove all baseboards before demolishing an old floor. We removed all of the old baseboards EXCEPT for these baseboards under the large windows in our foyer. The reason we didn't remove them is that we were concerned that we would also damage the window trim in the processpillow cases home decor， and we didn't want to open that can of worms. So though we had some patching and repair work to do to all of the old baseboards when we reinstalled them， I chose to demonstrate this tutorial on the areas that were most badly damaged to show you that you really can do this!It's even easier when you are dealing with less damage.
Use your putty knife to gently scrape away any loose paint. We also had old caulk lines to scrape away since we had removed quarter round trim as well. I can't stress enough that you want togentlyremove loose paint. You don't want to create more work for yourself by being aggressive with this step. If you have paint that is still adhered to the baseboard， leave it alone. Just remove what your putty knife slides under easily.
Here's a photo of what I removed from this strip of the baseboard.
We usedDAP Alex Plus Spacklingto do all the repair work on our baseboards. This stuff is my FAVORITE. It's like caulk and spackle had a baby!The consistency is much smoother and easier to use than other spackles I have tried. If you can't find DAP Alex Plus Spackling， my second choice is DAP Crack Shot Spackling Paste. I only had a tube of it (because we had used up our big tub of it for other projects). But since I had so much to patch， I didn't want to have to keep squeezing the bottle. So， I squeezed out a bunch at a time on my larger putty knife so I could easily scoop up what I needed as I worked.
Here are some general spackling tips for you：
To repair baseboards that have smaller damage， like nail holes， I simply squeeze a bit of DAP Alex Plus Spackling directly over the holes and then remove the excess with my putty knife.
If you need to freshen up the caulk where your baseboard meets your wall or other trim， now is the time to do it. Since we did remove most of our baseboards and then reinstalled them， we had a lot of caulking to do. The good news is that it's much easier than spackling! We use DAP Alex Plus caulk for all of our trim caulking.
To caulk， must hold your caulk gun at a 45-degree angle and move at an even pace along the length of your baseboard. Then dip your finger in a bit of water and run it along your bead of caulk to smooth out any bumps. Easy peasy!
You can see what a difference caulking makes where the baseboard trim matches up with the wall in the photo below. It fills in the gap and finishes it off beautifully.
I trust you all know how to paint so I didn't take photos of this step ：) If you are an experienced painter like me， you won't even need to tape off before painting. I just used an angled brush and knocked it out pretty quickly. But if you aren't as confident with your painting， I'd recommend using painter's tape to protect your floor and wall before you paint your baseboards.
That's it! Take a look at this before and after. Is it perfect？ No. But it's a zillion， trillion times better. And it wasn't hard! (PS- a post all about how to install quarter round (and why we recommend it & needed it will be coming soon).
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