Asked on Nov 15, 2017

Covering screw holes in visible side of laminate cabinet?

by Pst21972183
Out kitchen cabinet was coming apart inside. My husband drilled holes from the outside of the laminate cabinet into the shelf to secure it. Now we have unsightly holes in the end side of the cabinet. How do you recommend covering up these holes? These holes have been filled with wood putty.
  6 answers
  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 15, 2017

    Are you happy with the wood putty fill and sanded flat finish?

    I would paint the holes with craft acrylic paints. They come in flat satin and gloss.

    It may take a ffort to mimic wood graining.

    I had knot holes on a custom stained wood cabinet the knot holes were straight thru I sucessfully filled with wood putty and painted. So far its been stable.


    Fyi-The epoxy stick is my favorite filler and repair putty. It would need to be painted to match your laminate. They are invaluable to have around for repairs and crafting.

    -Steel-filled material, mixes in your hand and hardens in minutes

    -Suitable for plastics, metals, fiberglass, concrete and ceramics

    -May be drilled, tapped, filed, sanded, sealed and painted when hardened

    -Non-toxic material contains no solvents

    -Will not shrink

  • Janet Coryell Smither Janet Coryell Smither on Nov 15, 2017

    If you don't care if you keep the same color, you could cover the side of the cabinet to the trim with wallpaper or contact paper for a pop of color.

  • Karen Tokarse Karen Tokarse on Nov 15, 2017

    Go to and order the SoftWax Kit. It's a permanent wood filler that works by rubbing it on like a crayon, scraping off the excess and buffing it out. The kit will allow you to either match the existing color or custom blend the color of your cabinet. You will have to remove some of the putty for this to stay.

  • Sandra Sandra on Nov 15, 2017

    PVCtacks are easy to tap in, glue helps. Home DEPOT, maybe Walmart white or woody. Tell helpers laminate cabinets need holes filled. Temp .fix grout or putty press into hole swipe finger or nail

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    • Sandra Sandra on Nov 17, 2017

      Piano hinges sold in DIY stores. Screws short alternate with long. Can skip holes even. Cabinet tape is out there like.wood finish you showed. Or use marker pens all kinds of color.moldings are made for corner, like hallways the wood finish on outside of corner > old cabinets can use those for protection

  • Pst21972183 Pst21972183 on Nov 15, 2017

    Thank you so much. I will follow your suggestion.

  • Penny Peterssen Penny Peterssen on Nov 16, 2017

    If I remember correctly you can buy laminate strips etc from your local hardware stockist and then all you need to do is either glue it or iron it over the areas you need to cover up. My husband did this on a drawer when the laminate edging was broken off when the kids were young.