One of the most common problems we encounter with our customers is them coming in with hardware off of a furniture piece that they want to replace. Why is that a problem? Well, furniture dealers create decorative hardware in different sizes than most common brands offer and a lot of furniture pieces are big and elaborate which leaves stains on the wood and makes them hard to cover. There are a few common fixes to this problem.
Filling In The Hole
What you need:
- Wood Putty / Filler
- If painting over the wood filler or cabinets, the color of the filler doesn’t matter. If you are staining over the filler or cabinets, make sure you get a stainable filler.
- Fine grit sand paper
**To the right we have included some of our staff favorites.
- Remove the old hardware. If there is an outline of the old hardware left behind, lightly sand until it is smooth with the cabinet door.
- Squeeze small amount of the wood filler onto your finger, then rub it right into the hole in a circular motion.
- After the hole is covered, let it dry. Once dry, sand it smooth.
- After you have sanded it, check to see if it needs another coat of the filler. If it does, repeat as needed.
- Paint or stain over the filler with your choice of paint or stain!
Covering Holes With A Backplate
If you cannot find a pull you like that covers your existing holes and you do not want to go through the effort to fill in every hole and repaint or stain your cabinets, there are plenty of hardware styles with backplates that may cover your existing holes.
Backplates can be unique and found in many different styles and finishes. They also are available for pulls and knobs. Below are a few styles we love!
Hiding Holes With A Cup Pull
Similar to covering up the existing holes with a backplate, another option is to hide them with a cup pull. This option is good if you are thinking of switching from knobs to pulls or if the existing handles were not very wide because many cup pulls do not come in very long lengths.