How to Fix Dings in Wood Baseboards

Your baseboards receive wear and tear on a daily basis.
Baseboards take a lot of abuse over time.
Furniture bumps into them, a child's toy knocks into them and people accidentally kick them as they walk by. All of these things cause dings, dents and cracks that give the baseboards a worn appearance. Replacing all of your baseboards is costly and time-consuming. If you would like to get a few more years of use from your current baseboards, some wood putty and a fresh coat of paint or stain makes a big difference. .

Step 1

Sand the baseboard's surface, over the dings, to remove as much of the paint or stain as possible. If you plan to paint or stain the baseboard a new color, sand the entire baseboard. If you want to patch the dings, use a medium-grain sandpaper. If you want to redo the baseboard's paint or stain, use a rough-grain sandpaper first, then go over the entire baseboard with a fine-grain sandpaper. Consider using a wood stripper as well to assist in the removal process.

Step 2

Wipe the baseboard down with a tack cloth to remove the dust that sanding created. Place a plywood board on a flat surface. Open the two containers of wood putty. Each container contains slightly different ingredients, so when mixed together, they form a powerful bonding agent.

Step 3

Scoop equal parts of putty from the two containers and place them on the plywood. Use a stiff 1 1/2-inch putty knife to mix the two parts together for about three minutes.

Step 4

Pick up a small amount of the mixture with the 1 1/2-inch putty knife. Spread the mixture over a ding on the baseboard. Apply heavy pressure to ensure that the mixture reaches the ding's bottom. Repeat this step for the remaining dings, dents and cracks.

Step 5

Wait at least four hours for the wood epoxy to harden. Sand the wood epoxy with a rough-grain sandpaper. Wipe the area with a tack cloth and sand the area again, this time with a medium-grain sandpaper.

Step 6

Paint or stain the repaired area to blend it into the rest of the baseboard. Or paint or stain the entire baseboard a new color.

Things You Will Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Plywood
  • 1 1/2-inch putty knife
  • Two-part epoxy wood filler (putty)
  • Paint or stain
  • Wood stripper (optional)


  • If you redo your baseboard's paint or stain, it's best to remove the baseboard from the wall. If you patch only small areas, you can leave the baseboard on the wall.


  • Wear gloves when working with wood epoxy.