I hope this post makes good sense because I’m battling a head-cold which is driving me nuts. You know… the kind of cold where you feel congested, fuzzy headed and sound like you have 2 cocktail weenies stuffed up your nasal passage. The kind of cold where you say the most ridiculous things and then laugh at yourself while people look at you all weird….like YOU probably just did with my weenie comment. Well my friends, please give me an “A” for effort and be forgiving because here it goes… also, count your blessings that you’re my “on-line” buddy and not in direct contact with my germs.
Aside from choosing a stain or paint colour, the first thing I decide on when re-doing a piece of furniture is whether or not I’m going to change the hardware. Updating or repositioning hardware can turn a so-so re-do into a magical piece which will be cherished for years to come.
When I first started my furniture flipping business, I was under the impression that upgrading and repositioning hardware was a daunting task.
What if my new hardware doesn’t line up with the existing holes?
What if I drill the new holes in the wrong spot?
What if I don’t fill in the holes properly and it looks amateurish?
Once I stopped “what if’ing” and gave it a try, through trial and error I’ve learned there’s a simple way to take the guesswork out of repositioning furniture hardware and filling in the holes seamlessly.
Part 1: In this post I’ll show you how easy filling in hardware holes really is…. and my tip to making the fill seamless and flawless … it’s super simple!
Part 2: In my next post I’ll show you how I take the guess work out of repositioning furniture hardware… and reveal my secret ‘tool’, which is something every household has on hand!
Below is a custom china cabinet which was ‘saved’ by my sister’s fiancee. It’s now warmly referred to as “Will’s China-Cabinet”. A great piece to up-cycle but the knobs are positioned too close together for such large drawers. Here’s the start to finish make-over!
To fill drawer knob holes you will need~
- The Drawers (this technique also works on cupboards/cabinets etc)
- Wood Filler – (read the label and make sure it’s suitable for your paint or stain)
- Putty Knife – (or use your fingers if you don’t mind goopy-ness)
- Paper towel/Rag
- Sand Paper
I always keep the knobs/screws together in a safe place in case I want to re-purpose them in the future.
Step#2. Use a wood filler that’s suitable for finish to fill in the entire hole.
When filling a drawer knob hole, it’s super easy when using the wood filler in a tube. Just insert the nozzle into the hardware hole and squeeze the filler out as you lift the tube out of the hole.
[box type=”shadow”] Tip ~ A general purpose wood filler works great when PAINTING furniture. Wood filler may NOT be ideal when STAINING furniture. Read the label because it MAY take stain differently. This can leave your repair noticeable. If staining your drawers, try using a wood putty that is an exact match to the type of wood you are refinishing. Putty comes in Walnut, Oak, Cherry and many other finishes.[/box]
Step#3. Smooth the wood filler flush with the drawer and remove any excess.
Using a putty knife, razor blade, bread and butter knife or even your fingers, remove the excess filler and smooth it out flush with your drawer. Don’t forget about the inside of the drawer as well!
Step#4. Allow the wood filler to completely dry.
Depending on which brand of wood filler you use, drying time can take anywhere from 2-8 hours. Be patient and follow the directions on the product.
Step#5. REPEAT STEPS 2,3 & 4!
[box] Tip ~ This is the step which is going to give you a professional seamless finish! Don’t try to fill the hole in 1 application. Once it dries, you may notice some air bubbles that have formed. Repeating steps 2 through 4 once or twice will ensure a perfect finish![/box]
Step#6. Sand Smooth
Sand the wood filled area with a fine-grit sandpaper.
Step#7. Ready To PAINT!
Here is the painted piece all ready for new knobs! You can check out the handmade knobs I’m going to use here.
So gone are the daunting days of “what-if’ing” on myself… at least when it comes to repositioning furniture hardware and filling in holes! The secret to filling in the hardware holes seamlessly is is to completely fill the hole with 2 or 3 applications of filler. Then sand smoothly to create a perfectly level finish. For a large hole, you can use a wood shim or dowel, and then fill in the remaining spaces with wood filler.
Swapping out drab old knobs, pulls or handles is one of the easiest ways to update furniture. And believe me…if I can do it, YOU can do it!
Feel free to pop on over to Part 2 ~Take the Guesswork Out of Repositioning Hardware and see how the homemade knobs look on this piece.
Wishing you a great day… I’m going to get some rest now…