How to Fill in Holes

Written by Jessica Mitchel

I've been flipping furniture for profit for over eight months. I like to share all of the tips, tricks, and learning lessons along the way.

January 13, 2023

If you’re planning on replacing the old handles or knobs on your furniture piece, then you’re likely going to need to fill in the old holes. Here’s a quick tutorial on how you can fill in holes on your furniture flip.

Before you fill in the holes, remove the handles and fully clean the furniture piece.

There are several options you have for filling old holes. You can use wood filler, wood putty, or a wood filling epoxy like Kwikwood. Personally, my go to is Kwikwood as I find it to be durable and reliable.

Depending on what you’re using, you might need to prep the product differently. Refer to the back of the packaging for instructions. For Kwikwood, you’ll want to cut off a small chunk and begin pressing the material together. I would recommend wearing gloves for this. Keep pressing the Kwikwood together until the two colors have fully combined.

The Kiwkwood should be soft. You’ll need to work fairly quickly as the Kwikwood can begin to harden fast.

Slowly place the Kiwkwood into the hole. Once the hole is full, put a small amount of Kwikwood over the hole making sure to completely cover it. You will want to do the same on the backside. It’s important to overfill your holes because the wood filler can shrink as it dries.

Refer to the wood filling packaging to determine how long the wood filler needs to dry. Once the wood filler is fully dry, you will want to take a sander and remove any overfill of wood filler. I would recommend 180-220 grit for this. You will want to continue sanding this area until the wood filled hole is flush with the surface.

If you noticed any areas are missing wood filler, you will want to repeat the steps above. If you can see or feel any missing areas now, it will definitely be noticeable once there is paint. It’s definitely worth repeating this step now before you continue.

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