Jewelry Box With Missing Molding Fixed With Bondo

7 Materials
6 Hours

I found this vintage jewelry box that looks like a mini dresser. I absolutely adore it ❤ I came up with a refinishing game plan...a gorgeous green (Dixie Belle's palmetto), with copper accents and metal leaf (full tutorial here ) I got started with my typical prep...clean, sand, fill, sand, clean. Then started to lay on the palmetto, two coats to be exact. Then I finally noticed a piece of molding was missing on one of the small drawers! It don't know how it took prep and two coats of paint before I noticed 😄 My OCD wasn't going to allow me to let it slide. If you've checked out my previous projects, you know how much I love bondo! I use this stuff all the time! And again for this problem. I was able to make a mold using one of the good drawers and use that mold to make the new piece of molding that I needed. Here is step by step how I was able to save this project....

This is what I used for this project. You can improvise where necessary...

You're going to want a disposable mixing cup, something disposable to mix with, non stick spray, glue gun and glue sticks, of course bondo and not pictured, sandpaper and wood filler.

Using a drawer with all of the moldings, I lightly sprayed cooking oil on the area of the piece I needed to make a mold of.

Using hot glue, smother the molding you just sprayed

Once the glue has dried, about 5-10 minutes, carefully remove it

Sand the area of the missing molding and then clean it very well. Lightly spray the inside of the hot glue mold with cooking oil.

Now mix your bondo. For this project, I didn't need much. And remember, bondo dries extremely quick, so move fast. I prefer not to, but it's a good idea to use gloves when using any chemical.

Scrape the bondo into the hot glue mold.

Carefully smoosh into place where the missing molding is wiping away excess that oozes out.

After about 10-15 minutes, you can remove the hot glue mold.

Allow the bondo to dry for about 3-5 hours and then you can sand off the excess and shape. I noticed that I had a couple gaps on the sides of new molding so I filled it with wood filler.

Then I painted! You can't even tell which is which. In fact, if I didn't get a little hot glue on the inside of the drawer, I wouldn't be able to find out which molding is bondo.

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  • Lee Ann
    on Nov 10, 2019

    I purchased this chest that was abused by the past owner’s puppy. I cannot figure out what it’s made from...doesn’t look like wood. Would you know what it is and/or how to repair?

    • Deer Run Revamps
      on Nov 10, 2019

      That is mdf (medium density fiberboard). Basically sawdust mixed with resin. You could sand off all of the raised parts and then form an edge using Bondo or wood filler

  • Deb
    on Nov 11, 2019

    Thank you for a great tip

  • Wilannette biela
    on Dec 2, 2019

    Do you know where to find the pulls are have a idea what I could use. Thank you!!

    • Deer Run Revamps
      on Dec 2, 2019

      The ones above are original to the piece. But there's a bunch of different styles on Etsy, just search for jewelry box pulls

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  • Roseline
    on Nov 10, 2019

    Storage for a side towel from bug

  • Felitzi
    on Jan 1, 2020

    Wow, thanks for the instructions. Very clear and inspiring. You make it seem doable.

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