Is there a way to repair this broken drawer corner?

I bought this dresser for $15 and it's a real mess. I'm working on it slowly. Thought I'd better ask if there was even a way to repair this corner before I just leave it that way for good.

  7 answers
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jul 16, 2018

    You can cut a piece of wood and glue it to the corner, sand and refinish.

  • Dmotan Dmotan on Jul 16, 2018

    Looks like a piece of drawwer is missing. I love the wood but I would definitely take off the shiny finish. Strip it down to bare wood and wax it with uncolored Briwax. Even with the drawer not fixed, it is a sensational piece. Please, please don't chalk paint it. It is a primitive antique.

  • Lja23984216 Lja23984216 on Jul 16, 2018

    I agree, don't paint it. One option would be to remove the drawer all together, attach a piece of wood on the bottom of the opening and put in baskets.

  • V Smith V Smith on Jul 16, 2018

    If your plan is to paint you can rebuild the missing corner with Bondo. Bondo is an auto body repair epoxy. I suggest that you drill very tiny holes into the drawer front at the missing corner, coming in from the bottom. Then insert round tooth picks into the holes and tap them lightly into place. You don't need many, you just want them to help support the Bondo because it has the consistency of tooth paste when it is first mixed up. Snip them off to be a little shorter than what will be the finished edge. Mix up your Bondo and build your corner. Don't worry about over filling, Bondo sands like a dream and you can make your repair in layers if you need to. Bondo doesn't have a very long open time, so have all of your tools ready to go. I use old gift cards to spread and form Bondo but you can buy plastic tools.

  • Dee Dee on Jul 16, 2018

    You can get Wood Fil. This a product that has actual wood in the mix and made specifically for filling wood. It has the Bondo texture and is relatively easy to work with.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Jul 16, 2018

    Hi Michaela, I'd buy a piece of wood, and try to match it up with the space. Next you'll have to saw it. You can buy a piece of wood and remove the one thats there. Bring the measurements to Home Depot or Lowe's, and they'll cut it the size you need.. Then stain the wood the color that it is so it matches. You could also paint it but the colors will come out different. If you don't stain it, or strip the entire dresser.

  • Tom Stuart Tom Stuart on Aug 11, 2018

    Cindy has the right idea. I had the exact problem with an old chest. I cut off the large broken corner so it had a straight edge and cut a piece of wood to fit there. Rough up the outer edges so it blends in with the current wood. Use a strong wood glue. After you stain and finish the piece you’ll never know it was broken.