Water Damage on Wood Island

MikalPAugust 26, 2011


The bottom of my wood island in my kitchen was recently water damaged from a leaking fridge. As far as I can tell, it was soaked in water for 2-3 days, and the area has darkened. I tried sanding it down and then re-staining it but it still looks really dark. Am I not sanding it enough?

Any help would be appreciated!

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Water damage after two days usually goes deeper than sanding can remove. Staining lighter never works, as stains are semi transparent.

As a general rule, water damaged wood is seldom repairable economically if at all.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2011 at 10:33PM
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Sophie Wheeler

Replacement is in order, not repair. Or, if the wood hasn't warped too badly, painting the island to cosmetically disguise the damage could work if you would like a mini spiff up reno.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2011 at 7:14PM
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Depending on how high the discoloring goes, you might consider baseboard molding around the bottom of the island to cover it up.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 1:33AM
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I don't think re-staining will help !

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    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 5:45AM
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You should have waited longer before trying to make a repair.

The wood needs to have dried out completely.

Tincture of time is an effective way to dry wood.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 9:19AM
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