Using a wood filler is an easy way to repair those small issues with veneer damage that has been loosened by time. I get a lot of furniture with wood damage. Trust me! It’s just the nature of the business. With a few simple steps, you’ll be ready to paint in no time.
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How To Apply Wood Filler
Most wood damage can be repaired fair easily. Just like with this French Provincial dresser. The corners have had a lot of wear and tear and the veneer was lifting and had broken off. The rest of the veneer was in decent shape and still had good contact. So all it needed was a good wood filler before it was painted.
Here is what I used to repair this veneer damage on this dresser.
Application of Wood Filler
I found it helpful to secure the putty by gently pushing it into the damaged area with my fingers. This just made sure there were no air pockets that could cause the wood filler not to adhere properly.
Sanding the Wood Filler
After the wood filler was completely dry (about 2 hours), I lightly sanded the area smooth. I used my electric Makita Orbital Sander for the quick results but you can sand it by hand. It’s that simple.
I do recommend a good primer over the wood filler before painting, but not always necessary depending on the paint you chose. I finished this beautiful Frenchie with gold metallic paint. CLICK HERE to see the full makeover. It’s one of my faves!
Until the next project… xo, Do