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How to Fill Hardware Holes on Furniture

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I found this knotty pine dresser at the Goodwill. I liked the style, but I wasn't crazy about the finish (the top was in really rough shape) or all of those wood knobs. Count 'em, 15 knobs! No problem, both the finish and the hardware can be changed to give this 1990's pine an updated look. I'm sharing the method I use to fill old hardware holes on furniture that I plan to paint.
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $20 Difficulty: Medium
I removed all the old knobs, filled each hole with wood filler, let it dry and then sanded. Wood filler often shrinks, so I applied a second coat of wood filler, let it dry and sanded again. Next, I primed the drawers and let dry. Priming at this point allows you to better visualize where any pits or imperfections still remain. I then applied a thin coat of Ready Patch over the holes. Ready Patch is a spackling compound with a fine buttery texture that fills in any remaining small pits, imperfections, or rough texture. This is what creates a nice smooth surface and makes the old hardware holes disappear. I let the Ready Patch dry, sanded smooth, applied another coat of primer, and the dresser was ready for paint. Old hardware holes gone!.
I primed the entire piece with a primer/sealer. This is important since the knotty pine can bleed through paint. I painted the entire piece with 3 coats of a custom mix of General Finishes milk paint to create a soft blue gray with green undertones.
I sealed the dresser with 2 coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in flat. I measured, drilled new holes in the center of each drawer, and then added the new white knobs.
For more details and photos, please visit my blog.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Ready Patch Spackling Compound   (Home Depot / Amazon)
  • General Finishes Milk Paint   (Woodcraft / Amazon)
  • General Finishes High Performance Topcoat   (Woodcraft / Amazon)
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  • Becky Partain
    Becky Partain Pahrump, NV
    on Apr 13, 2017

    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!
    This turned out beautiful. You did an awesome job!! Love the color too

  • Marj
    Marj Canada
    on Apr 14, 2017

    That is a beautiful dresser! I love the soft colour and those gorgeous new knobs! Thank you for explaining how you filled all those holes so nicely.

  • Susan @ Saw Nail and Paint
    Susan @ Saw Nail and Paint Seattle, WA
    on Apr 14, 2017

    Thank you so much Marj! I do hope the explanation was helpful to you. Susan

  • Brenda  S.
    Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ
    on Apr 14, 2017

    so pretty!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Apr 17, 2017

    Beautiful transformation. Love the color you chose.

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