Broken Detail Pieces on Furniture? Here’s How to Replace It!

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30 Minutes

Older furniture has some gorgeous details. Those veneer decals don’t always stay in the best shape. Here’s I replaced some on a hutch I’m working on.

Here’s the before. The drawer is what I’m repairing.

Use a putty knife to pry off the detail typically these are glued and nailed on.

once you pry it off, just hammer the nail into the wood until it’s flush.

Once it’s off, sand off any residue left.

Sand until color is almost even.

You can still see the staining of what was there, but as long as it’s smooth, you’re good.

I picked this up at a hardware store. It was too long, so I tcut off the very end pieces. The left side is the finished side. The right shows what I cut off.

Gently buff off the edges with sand paper. Round it off so you are not able to tell any other piece was there.

Here’s the final result after cutting off the edges and sanding the ends round.

it fits perfectly now!

Now get some wood glue and clamps.

Make sure the entire back has a thin layers of glue. This will ensure complete contact.

Clamp down in several areas and let it dry completely. I waited 24 hours.

Here it is. New detail so it looks complete. Now time for paint!

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