Asked on Sep 18, 2019

How can I remove glue from an old ottoman?

AnnieToni @ Girl, Just DIY!


My sister-in-law gave me an old ottoman covered in twine. I'm going to cover it in fabric but I need to remove the excess glue and to prep. Underneath is a well made wooden storage box. This my first attempt at doing this. Any tips you have are much appreciated.

2 answers
  • Toni @ Girl, Just DIY!
    on Sep 18, 2019

    I'd start with using a stiff putty knife to see if you can chip it away. Sometimes old glues weren't that strong. A heat gun and putty knife might be a good option. Also, you a 60 Grit sandpaper on either a belt or palm sander to remove it. If using a belt sander you'll want to go cautiously so as to not go too deep. Then after the glue is gone move to 120 grit followed by 220 to get a smooth finish.

    • Karen Stutzman
      on Sep 19, 2019

      Thank you! I really appreciate your reply. We recently moved so no sandpaper. It's on my list. Again thanks!

  • Annie
    on Sep 18, 2019

    Try just gently scraping it, you might find the old glue just falls off. Since the box is wood, just sand it after all the glue is off.

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