how to fill a hole
There is nothing more frustrating that working on a piece of furniture and having the perfect hardware in mind but the holes from the existing hardware are the wrong size.
This beautiful dresser has been sitting out in my garage (which I’ve slowly but surely been emptying) for.EVER. It was a Salvation Army find from last summer. I paid $39.99! It is sturdy and heavy and the drawers are in perfect shape.
When considering what kind of hardware to use, I decided on these:
I’m not usually a fan of brass but I’m really loving antique brass hardware lately.
When I discovered that the existing hardware holes were a whopping 5 inches apart, I looked for 5 inch hardware. ZERO. That meant I was going to have to keep the original bobo pulls. Um, no.
What to do? Fill the holes!
You can’t use just any old wood filler to fill the holes and have nice results. Many products shrink and cave in and leave visible marks. Not good. Others take forty forevers to dry.
Psssttt….You wanna know about a no-fail, easy as pie, ultra inexpensive, quick-drying product that will making filling holes a SNAP????
You are soooooooooo gonna thank me once you try it…pinky swear.
The product I use is found on the plumbing aisle at Home Depot. It’s called Fix-it Stick.
This is a life changing product for furniture diy-ers.
It is a two part epoxy that comes in a tube and costs around six dollars. 🙂
It is sandable and paintable.
Wear gloves and slice off the amount you will need. Kinda looks like cookie dough…don’t eat it though. It will stick your insides together. 🙂
Work the putty in your hands until the two colors combine into one, it becomes warm, and it starts to smell a little funky.
Fill the holes. (I spread the putty a little further to cover indentions that the hardware left.)
After 15-20 minutes it dries to a finish as hard as steel. You can sand after one hour.
Here it is sanded down. Hey, it looks like eyeballs! You lookin at me? You lookin at ME?
Keep running your hand over the surface until it’s completely smooth.
Now it’s ready to prime and paint.
Then it’s time to drill the holes to fit the hardware….not the other way around.
This was unbelievably quick and beyond simple! A great way to not be limited in hardware choices when refinishing furniture. Holla!
Here’s a little sneaky peek of the finished dresser. I’ll be posting the full before and after tomorrow!
I hope this tutorial has been helpful!
Let me know if you have any questions.