Damn. I was installing some baseboards around a new patio door, and I
gouged one of them (already nicely stained and varnished) with the drill
I am not good at this. Can you explain to me how I can magically remove the
marks? Do I lightly sand, restain, the problem area? The whole thing?
That's what I'd do, in a heartbeat. Let's be honest: it's real easy to
overestimate exactly how much time you spend looking at your baseboards.
Once you stop working on the project and get back to daily living, you'll
never see it.
I was thinking the reverse - that you would see the flaw every time you walk
past it - because you know it is there - while everyone else would not see
it. Can you put a chair or potted plant in front of it?
Is the gouge through the stain? How deep it is?
I'd put some stain to darken the gouge if it show light, then a touch of
finish over it. No one will notice and after a few days, you won't either.
A few months ago I put new flooring in my family room and a hallway. I took
out all the old baseboards and was trying to decide if I should put all new
back. What I did was to rub over them with stain where the marks were, put
a fresh coat of poly and put them back. From across the room they look just
Your ego is probably bruised more than the wood.
The ego can be fixed too. Go to an engraving company. Have a gold
plaque made with your name engraved in it, and the date you installed
the baseboard. Spend a couple thousand bucks on the engraving (use
real gold), and screw it over the gouge. Everyone will look at the
plaque and never know about the gouge.
There, now dont that make your ego feel better?
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