No matter how careful you are, skirting boards are bound to get chipped and damaged by furniture legs or errant feet. Instead of finding and installing a replacement board, you can repair them yourself much more simply.
Painting a chipped skirting board may be the "poor man's" way of hiding damage, but replacing a section of skirting board can be difficult, especially if you can't find a moulding to match.
So, for best results, use an all-purpose joint compound (the mud that's used to hang drywall), to fill in the chipped section of your skirting board. Then take a drywall taping knife and run it over the chipped section to re-shape the section to match the rest of the skirting board. Let it dry, and repeat this three times.
When that's done, you can finish the job by sanding and painting. Check out the video above to see the process in action.
How to repair damaged baseboards [AndyDIY (YouTube)]
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