Here’s a super simple trick to repair damaged furniture. A lot of old furniture is damaged in some way, whether it’s your own furniture or a thrift find. So let’s learn how to repair those chewed up marks, holes, chipping veneer, hardware holes, large scratches, missing corners, trim etc.
The process is the same no matter what you’re trying to repair.
**Note: This method is only for painting, as it won’t take stain, and it definitely won’t blend in with the rest of the wood on your project.
But once you paint it, no one will see the difference.
When we bought these chairs, they had bite marks on some of the legs as well as holes where I imagine leg braces used to be.
To repair damaged furniture we use:
If this looks similar to your furniture and you want to get the damage fixed before you paint your furniture, you’re in the right place.
These dining chairs had some pretty good damage, but we wanted to paint them and we sure didn’t want that big hole or the scratches there.
How to Repair Damaged Furniture
*Tip: Mix up small batches of Bondo, and work fast. It dries quickly!
*Extra Tip: Use extra Bondo when filling holes, so they are overfilled a little but. This helps so you don’t need to keep applying layers of Bondo.
Step Three: Once the bondo is set, but not hard (about 5-10 minutes) use a utility knife to cut / scrape away the excess Bondo.
Without this step it will take a long time to sand the bondo smooth, because once the Bondo is completely hard and dry it gets really hard to sand.
|Cut off excess Bondo before it hardens completely|
Step Four: After the Bondo is completely dry (overnight is good) sand the bondo smooth with 220 grit sandpaper.
Step Five: Fill any small imperfections with wood filler. Or apply another thin coat of Bondo.
Now you can paint!
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Have you tried this trick? I would love to know how it goes! Comment below!
|Holes filled and sanded smooth|