Category Archives: Wood Putty

A Cure for Rotted Wood

Many people often confuse Minwax’s Wood Putty, a soft, tinted material used to fill nail holes, with Minwax® High Performance Wood Filler which is used less often, but plays an important role in repairing rotted wood, such as what I found in this pine table which has sat on my deck since 1998.

High Performance Wood Filler consists of two substances:  the filler in the can and the hardener in the tube. Following the directions on the can, I mixed the two together…

… then packed it into the void where the rotted wood had fallen out.

After it had dried and hardened, I used a coarse file to remove most of the excess Wood Filler, then followed with #120-grit sandpaper to level the Wood Filler with the surface of the surrounding wood.

Quick Tip:  To make my patch look more realistic, I used a hobby knife to cut grain lines into the smooth, hardened Wood Filler.

I then applied a fresh coat of Sherwin-Willliams WoodScapes exterior house stain to my deck table, and, as you can see – or not see – the Wood Filler made the rotted section (front right) nearly disappear.

Until next time,

Measure twice, saw once!


Tips For the Holidays

The holidays are definitely upon us, but we still have time to get our house ready for family and friends, making sure that when they leave, our house still looks as good as when they arrived. And speaking of arriving, this worn doormat may say “Welcome,” but it certainly doesn’t look welcoming.

A new inexpensive doormat will not only look more attractive, but it will save wear-and-tear on your carpeting and hardwood floors as it picks up sharp particles of grit from your guests’ shoes.

Forget to turn on the porch light? Or change the bulb? Upgrading your old light to a double motion-sensitive fixture is quick and easy — just don’t forget to turn off the power first!

Once inside the front door, your guests may be reaching for the newel post at the bottom of the stairs. Ours had loosened, but Leigh Ann simply had to tap the nails back in with a hammer and punch to tighten it, then disguised the holes with pre-tinted Minwax® Wood Putty to match the color of the oak.

And then where will your guests go? To the kitchen, of course! Make sure your kitchen cabinets can withstand their scrutiny by first wiping them down with Minwax® Wood Cabinet Cleaner and a clean soft cloth or paper towel.

We certainly don’t have time for a new refinishing project, so grab a Minwax® Wood Finish Stain Marker to cover up any nicks and scratches on your furniture.

And speaking of furniture, the holidays also mean people will be moving your furniture, sliding it across your precious hardwood floors. Before they do, simply tap in protective furniture glides to make sure no one scratches your floor.

Once they settle in, your guests will be setting their glasses down just about anywhere, so make sure you have plenty of coasters handy, including trivets or tiles for plates of hot food. And if the finish is looking thin, add a coat of Minwax® Wipe-On Poly to provide another layer of protection.

Last tip for today: don’t leave clean-up for the morning. Left overnight, even drips of alcohol and crumbs of food will have time to leave a permanent stain on your furniture finish or upholstery.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!



It’s All In the (Trim) Details

Although it appears in this picture that our kitchen remodeling is complete, if you look closely (as my wife Leigh Ann often does), you will see that there is still some trim missing on the bottom and the top of the three cabinets to the left. So when we had a rainy Saturday, I decided it was finally time to trim out our cabinets. You can take a look below to see how it went.

The carpenters who moved our cabinets around had to remove the bottom and top trim boards in the process, but it fell to me to put them back after the tile layer had left.

First, I laid out the top and bottom trim pieces in their proper position, and began clamping them in place.

Quick Tip:  Always use rubber pads to protect the wood from the jaws of the clamp.

Ouch! Yes, that is one of my nails that made an unscheduled turn and popped out through the front of one of my pieces of trim.

While I was still fuming over my mistake, Leigh Ann calmly picked up a nail punch and a hammer and tapped the nail back out of the board.

She then picked out the pre-tinted “Colonial Maple” Minwax® Wood Putty® and carefully used the tip of a screwdriver to pack it into the nail hole, as well as into the gap in the joint.

She wiped off the excess Wood Putty® with a paper towel and in no time at all had (once again) fixed my mistake.

Of course, she then left me with the task of nailing up the rest of the trim and filling the nail holes while she took advantage of a break in the clouds to do some work in her gardens. And I think you’ll agree that as minor as a few trim boards can seem, they are the finishing touch in any project.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!



Make Your Own Touch-Up Kit

It never seems to fail. Turn the page on the calendar and there they are: the holidays. Parties, relatives, friends, guests. And not enough time to take on a major refinishing project. What to do? Pull together a simple, easy Touch-Up Kit, then just walk around your house and take care of all those little problems before anyone arrives. Want to see how? Just keep on reading.
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