DIY Rescue | Wood Furniture Repair Solution

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Today I wanted to share another project for all you furniture flippers and creators that sometimes pass up a great buy for what you feel is an impossible fix on wood furniture repair jobs. Let me tell you this, almost everything is salvageable if you’re willing to put in the work and time. I tend to be drawn to the underdogs (appropriate for today’s blog post, Ha!) and find great satisfaction in bringing a piece that is destined for the dump back to life.

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Best Wood Furniture Repair Job, EVER!

Wood furniture repair doesn't have to be hard. You should have see the before pic! I frequently visit the local Goodwill stores and when in another town, it’s always fun to see what other neighborhoods will donate. This Goodwill wasn’t the best. However, this little table had my full attention. It was solid wood, sturdy and no structural damage. The obvious issues were the gnawed on edges that appeared to be chewed by a giant woofer. It was serious. It looked like a doggies chew toy! When purchasing furniture with these issues, I have a “3-time” rule. If I look at it three times, it’s mine. The only thing that drew me back 3 times was the price tag. $5!!!!!! Score! The first time was, WOW! No way. The second time was… maybe, but who has time for that? The 3rd time, that’s was all she wrote. Done deal! Load it up! My head was already in creative mode at that point.

Damaged Wood

The table is gonna needs some major wood furniture repair.

Those poor edges of the wood table were mutilated! I can only imagine the size of that woofer!

Removing The Damaged Parts

Wood furniture repair sometimes takes extreme measures. I actually cut off the damaged areas. The first thing was to tackle the edges and get it repaired and ready for paint. The edges were beyond repair so I removed a good portioned with a circular saw because there was no salvaging here.

Wood Fillers For Wood Furniture Repair

Wood furniture repair is easy when you have the right supplies. #dododsondesigns #woodfurniturerepair #furniturerepair #furnituremakeover #woodfiller

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My favorite go-to product to repair holes, gouges, damage and small mishaps like this, is Plastic Wood. It’s been my go-to for years for wood furniture repair. I started with applying the wood filler to the gnawed areas and taping the edges with 3M Painters tape. Notice the tongue depressor. We, nurses, have some crazy tools! After 24 hours, I removed the tape and sanded the area with my Makita Orbital Sander until it was nice and smooth. Good as new and ready for paint.

A quick wipe down with a mixture of half and half, denatured alcohol and water to remove all the grime and built-up oils that furniture gets over time, and it was ready for the next step. The primer I chose was Kilz 2 Primer that I had previously tinted to a gray. It would cover well with the gray-toned metallic paint.


DIY rescue wood furniture repair! Don't pass up that wood furniture because of damage. Repair it!

TA-DAH! The Doggie Chew Toy

Wood Furniture Repair/ Metallic Pewter FinishI’m really pleased with how well it turned out. It even surprised me, and I’ve done a ton of sad makeovers. I used Modern Masters Metallic Pewter paint with a black/gold metallic glaze. The handles were sprayed with Rustoleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint. I sealed the whole project with Minwax Polycrylic in a satin finish.

If you liked this wood furniture repair project, CLICK HERE see how I added caster wheels on a broken down Buffet. I’m pretty sure I saved its life!

Until the next project…



  • Just wondering if you have an idea for using a large vanity mirror that’s been chipped and some patches of silver missing. Love all your info. Thanks, Sharon

  • These are my favorite make overs! I’m so glad others enjoy the ‘destined for the burn pile’ one’s as well! Beautiful and usable piece at the end.

  • Thanks, Wendy! It gives me great satisfaction to resue the really bad ones. xo

  • Very nice. I have been using wood filler but, just may take a try with the plastic wood.

  • Thanks, Johnna. Let me know how you like it. Stay safe. xo, Do

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