How to use Wood Filler to Repair Veneer Damage

Wood filler repair for wood furniture.
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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

wood fillerMost 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.

I use plastic wood filler bt DAP for my small veneer issues before painting my furniture. #dododsondesigns #woodfiller #furniturerepairHere is what I used to repair this veneer damage on this dresser.

Application of Wood Filler

I apply to wood filler with a putty knife to the area with the missing veneer. #dododsondesigns #woodfiller #furniturerepairI applied a small amount of the DAP Plastic Wood to the damaged area with a putty knife.

I use my finger to make sure the wood filler is in good contact with the damaged area. #dododsondesigns #woodfiller #furniturerepairI 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

I used my orbital sander to smooth the wood filler smooth once it was dry. #dododsondesigns #woodfiller #furniturerepairAfter 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.

Once the wood filler is sanded smooth, it's ready for your paint finish. #dododsondesigns #woodfiller #furniturerepair


How to use Wood Filler to Repair Veneer DamageI 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