Need a suggestion to fill the space that was routed out on the doors.

Jeanette
by Jeanette
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  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Feb 26, 2018

    What is the space shaped like? Can you post pics?

  • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on Feb 26, 2018

    Are you wanting to decorate/update just that center part of the doors? If so, you could paint the insides and use stenciling, or just stencil inside. You could use adhesive wall paper or contact paper to give it a design.

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    • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on Feb 26, 2018

      You could do one of the more temporary ideas with something like contact paper, too.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Feb 26, 2018

    Are you planning on painting the doors? If you aren't, the routed areas would show not matter what if you want to leave it the natural wood. If you are planning on painting them, clean the routed areas well, I would sand it lightly and fill it with wood filler. Make sure you sand it smooth and feather it out so that the lines won't show.

    • Jeanette Jeanette on Feb 26, 2018

      Thank you for responding! I accidentally hit send before I explained all my thoughts. Would like to keep them stained. They are all over my house, 3 baths & the kitchen. They were routed down to a rough area. Think that part is so ugly, but like the rest. Wasn't sure I could sand them smooth. Guess I'll never know till I try!

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  • Marsha Marsha on Feb 26, 2018

    Use wood putty (filler), let dry and follow instructions for painting.

    • Jeanette Jeanette on Feb 26, 2018

      Thank you for responding! Trying to save them as they are. Didn't get it all out before I hit the send button.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Feb 26, 2018

    you can use a wood filler and sand smooth, but it will affect the appearance of the surface, unless you plan to paint the entire area.

    • Jeanette Jeanette on Feb 26, 2018

      Thank you for your advise. Trying to save them, just really dislike the routed part. I will consider everyones thoughts & go from there.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Feb 26, 2018

    Talked to hubby about your problem, he came up with something that might work for you. He said to get a piece of hardwood very slightly smaller than the width of the area, a couple of inches long, high enough that you can hold it. Wrap it with sandpaper, he said start with 220 grit and then 440 grit to finish. It will be labor intensive because you will be working only a small area at a time, but may work. If you make a few of the hardwood pieces you could enlist help with the job to try to get it done a bit quicker. I asked him about using any of the small electric tools that are around and he said that they would only sand the middle because most of the sanding bits you can get are round. Sorry about that part, no easy way out. I hope that this will let you clean out the routed areas of those horrible lines. The wood is so beautiful, I don't know why someone would cut through wood grain like that!

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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Feb 26, 2018

      Good luck, hopefully you can get it smooth enough for you to stain and not have those horrible dark tooling lines showing, who knows, maybe there will be good grain underneath those dark lines! Good luck! Let us see before and after pictures when you get done.

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Feb 26, 2018

    You could try wood putty but I find it difficult to work with. It is dry and crumbly out of the can (?brand) but dries hard as steel. It's almost impossible to sand after it's dried and the front of your doors won't hold up to vigorous sanding. Perhaps if you could find a way to thin it slightly it would be easier to work with. Drywall patch would fill the area but may not be durable enough. I'm guessing you're getting ready to paint....wonder if mixing a dab of paint with drywall patch would add strength? I'm sorry if these suggestions sound off the wall but I experiment until I find a solution. Have refinished furniture for years and did my own home maintenance too. You could have them refaced but I'm not sure about durability or cost. If you solve this problem I highly recommend buying a paint sprayer or at least use Floetrol to minimize brush marks. Rollers won't give a smooth finish but some sites recommend a foam roller, or a roller them brush over that immediately. Good luck!

  • Margie Spenser Margie Spenser on Feb 28, 2018

    Idea 1: If you found some trim that you liked the look of you could fill the routed grooves with wood filler, drywall goop, glued pieces of wood or plastic or even heavy cardboard, then apply the trim after you re-stained the "good" wood. The hardest part would be following the bent lines at each corner.


    Idea 2: I would try to find paints the 2 colors of the good wood and paint the grooves with tiny paintbrushes like you use for painting pictures.

    Use the lighter color for the whole groove and add the darker color to mimic the patterns of the wood. My aim would be to try to make it seem as if the entire thickness of the wood had the same grain as the surface, instead of having the dark rough wood underneath.


    Judging by how I have fixed up my own kitchen, though, what I really would do is pretend I don't see the grooves.


    Good luck!