It never fails, when you find THAT piece and look a little closer, you realize that the perfect piece isn't so perfect. You know it was loved by someone just like you for many years, but the years are definiately showing. The history and character of vintage furniture pieces are what make them so special. The blemishes only make it more interesting and valuable to vintage lovers but missing and broken pieces are not attractive.
Seeing this over and over inspired me to learn this quick and easy DIY wood furniture repair technique. I think of it as mending the scars of a well-loved piece so that someone else can cherish it for many more years.
This wood furniture repair technique allows problem areas to be restored quickly and without utilizing a lot of products
So this set of vintage set of Jacobean style dining chairs were dreamy! Very sturdy with gorgeous details! When I took a closer look a couple of them had damaged tips but I had to have them so I put my "repair techniques" to work!
First, I dusted off the area that needed to be repaired really well. Next, I mixed some Amazing Mold Putty from Amazon following the instructions step by step. Once the mold was on I allowed this to dry for a short time, maybe 15-20 minutes. Next, I mixed some Professional Bondo Filler from Lowe's. Be sure to only mixed enough for a small patch because bondo dries very fast and you have to work quickly. I filled the putty mold with enough bondo to get into all of the crevices of the mold. Then I applied the mold to the tip and pressed firmly to make sure it held in place and that all of the crevices were full of bondo so the details come out nicely. I used paper towels to wipe the excess bondo that squished out around the edges of mold. Then, I waited on the bondo to dry according to the instructions.
Once the bondo had dried, I removed the mold and sanded the edges to blend with the natural wood.
It really was that easy! Next, I will be painting these (guess what color :) and upholstering some new seats. Then this set of vintage beauties will be ready for a new home. Be on the look out for the complete chair makeover coming soon!
I encourage you to try this quick and easy DIY wood furniture repair technique yourself and send photos! It's a great feeling to save a piece of history!