Tip: repair decorative moulding

Some years back I bought a vanity harp that had intricate moulding on it. Recently, we decided to use it as part of a new addition onto an existing bathroom cabinet. However, while we were working with it, we found that a little edge of the floral moulding had long been broken off.

In the past we had used Bondo to repair some furniture but this time we needed something that could be molded into a shape and Bondo really is too liquid to hold a form like this.

use moldable epoxy product for furniture repair

This epoxy product we found at Lowes – it comes in a tube and is to be worked until the blue is completely mixed, causing the chemical reaction that will eventually harden it. You have about 5-15 minutes to work the product before it hardens to its final form. This product would not be able to be stained so if that is your desire you will need to shape your repair out of wood.

molding epoxy for moulding repair

shaping epoxy product to repair damaged decorative moulding

Some of these shaping tools were bought for my husband’s hobby – ceramics; kitchen tools (a grapefruit knife), and others were from the cake decorating aisle at Michaels.

The final piece was painted to help it blend in with the rest.

repaired moulding on bathroom cabinet

Tip: Using Bondo for furniture repairs

Over the years, one of the small drawers of the Secretary Desk had gotten a corner damaged. Repairing it with carpentry would have been a pain, but a furniture restorer gave us the tip that if we were going to paint the piece (not stain) we could use Bondo to make a new corner. I also used it to repair a crack in another drawer front.

Bondo is a body filler used in the car industry. When it’s two components are mixed, a chemical reaction is produced and it will generate some slight heat. At this point it can be molded like putty. You can find it at auto supply shops and now at Lowes in the paint area.

When using Bondo:

1.) The work area should be clean, devoid of dirt and polishes.

2.) Lightly sand where you want it to attach. It needs an area to grip and if the surface is smooth it will have problems.

3.) Work in a very well ventilated area and use latex gloves. This stuff can be toxic.

4.) Once dry and hard, it can be sanded and painted, but not stained.

5.) Use where small imperfections or defects need to be corrected. It is very liquid.

There are also other repair products out there and if you have a moulded piece to repair check out this post.