How to Fix Damaged Keyholes & Large Holes in Used Furniture

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1 Hour

I don't want you to pass on a chance to flip a piece of furniture that has some damage. Let me show you how to patch holes in wooden or veneer furniture.
A friend of mine was clearing out her storage room, and this piece was buried there.  I was happy to rescue it!  It has incredible details, but it was looking like it had seen better days.  

It looked like it was locked at some point and the keyhole was pulled through instead of unlocked. 
To fix the keyhole, first, you'll need to use some support for the patch to stick to.  I grabbed my popsicle sticks - which I use for everything from hole patching to paint stirring.  Attach it to the back of the hole with a little wood glue to keep it in place.  ( My blog post has a full rundown of the wood glue and other products I prefer to use)
As that dries, mix up your epoxy wood filler. Follow the directions on the back of the can - and mix up a small amount of the filler.  You'll add hardener to the filler which will allow it to dry quickly.  I always mix it on a disposable paper plate with another popsicle stick.  It's a little smelly so make sure you have good ventilation. 
Once it's all mixed up it will be a light orange/putty color.  Apply it to the hole.  You'll want to add MORE than you need to actually fill the hole. If you are too sparing here, the mark will show later.  
Apply it and let it dry.  This epoxy wood filler dries quickly - which is nice! 
Once it's all dry, grab some sandpaper - 120 grit - fold it up and get to work.  It will create some dust but just keep sanding until the spot is completely level with the surrounding area.
Vacuum the dust and this is what you are left with - a smooth finish, and once painted or stained no one will ever know it was there! 
Trim off the excess wood (mine actually popped off when I went to trim it) and you are finished.  

Finish your piece as desired, and it'll be our little secret that there was ever damage there to begin with! 

I hope this helps you open your eyes to giving new life to slightly damaged furniture. You can fix it!!

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2 questions
  • Linda McCauley
    on May 13, 2018

    Where is the peanut butter.?

    • Linda Sikut
      on May 20, 2018

      Notice "peanut buttery" is in quotes. That was Hometalk's way of catching your attention, not a product that was used.

  • Chubby58
    on May 13, 2019

    Looks fantastic! The Bondo wood filler is the best. I used it on my deck, but unfortunately it was a total fail, but works great for everything else. I could only find it on Amazon. Where did you purchase yours?

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