After doing the huge job of laying the wood floors, there is this tiny finishing touch that turned out to be not so tiny. At the beginning and end of each room and around things like door posts, you have to nail the boards in on the top instead of side. This leaves little holes that to be filled in with wood putty.
In this Lowe’s how-to video we often referenced, homeboy (who kind of became a beloved character to us) used pencils like this to fill in the floors. I thought the pencils sounded really handy and easy, so I bought some myself.
The pencils were not handy and easy.
I imagined the texture of the putty would be soft like a cray-pa. It is more like a very sticky clay. When I had to apply enough pressure to get some to come off the pencil the whole thing broke off. Also, peeling back the paper was absolutely horrible. David ended up having to widdle it for me with a knife. These would probably be good for some touch ups, but for a mass filling it was obnoxious.
The holes are not too noticeable. I had half a mind to leave them, but that would be slacking. After David did so much to lay the floors, I have to bite the bullet and do this (well).
Something had to be different, though. I emailed Jon the Professional to ask what he uses for this. (I mean, it takes forever. A pro would have to use something different.)
He told me about the jar version! It is less expensive for a lot more putty and you can easily wipe it on with your finger.
The process is wiping some onto the hole with your finger, which leaves a big glob like this.
Then the excess rubs off with a rag. I was using a dry cloth, but Jon the Professional suggested moist wipes. He said even with these things it is slow going.
Hard work, Rachel. It will not kill you.
Here is a completed corner! Motivation to finish! Please ignore dirty walls and scrappy trim. I look forward to stripping wallpaper and fresh paint.
The floors, however – looking good.