Are you looking for a great ‘honey-do’ project for the long weekend? If so, I have one for you! I recently completed a wood floor repair myself, because the professional quotes were outrageous. It turns out that the repairs are quite simple, but require multiple small steps, over several days.
Our house is nearly 100 years old, with the original heart of pine floors. There were several spots where large splinters of wood had broken free. To save money, we repaired them ourselves. It was so simple that we ‘kicked ourselves’ for not doing it earlier.
Step 1: Completely clean out all debris from the repair area with a broom or vacuum.
Step 2: Dry fit the wood pieces to ensure proper alignment.
Step 3: Apply glue to the boards to adhere the broken pieces. I used Loctite super glue to ensure a tight fit.
Step 4: Use a damp cloth to remove the excess glue.
Step 5: Place books and weights on top of the repair to ensure proper contact. Leave the weights on for 24 to 48 hours so the glue adheres to the wood completely.
Step 6: Use wood filler to fill the cracks. Once dried (according to the filler instructions), lightly sand to ensure a smooth transition. Be careful not to over-sand the floor boards around the repair.
Step 7: Stain the wood filler to match your flooring. I tried several staining techniques until I found the best color match. Our original stain required too many coats on the light wood filler, so I switched to a stain marker and used a darker sharpie pen to add the wood grain. Next time I would use a darker wood filler to make this process easier.