Friday, January 22, 2016

DIY Series Kitchen Redo: How to Repair Chipped Laminate

Today's post is a quick tutorial on repairing chipped edges. We are working hard on our Kitchen Redo and one of the biggest projects involved is repainting the kitchen cabinets. We've been posting updates as we go and today's update is a quick fix for a chipped cabinet edge.

My cabinets were in decent shape when we purchased our house, although they are rather cheaply put together and have a thin veneer surface that was beginning to chip in certain areas. There was one edge in particular that needed some repair:

There was chipped veneer at the corner and along the front edge of the cabinet, the laminate had started to pull away.

A quick fix involved wood glue and one of our favorite products, Bondo All Purpose Filler. Bondo is an excellent alternative to wood filler. It is easy to work with and sands down nicely for a smooth, even finish.

For this project, we needed the following items:

Wood Glue (We use Titebond II)
Bondo All Purpose Filler
Paper Plates
Painters Tape

To begin, we first wanted to glue down the loose strip of laminate. We simply pulled back the loose edge, filled it with the Titebond, and pressed the strip down firmly.

Then using a piece of tape, we secured the bottom half of the strip down flat. Tape is used here because the clamp would not fit properly at that particular angle.

For the top edge of the strip, two clamps were used to hold everything in place while the glue dried. Typical dry time is around 30 minutes, but we like to wait at least an hour.

While the glue dried, we started in on the chipped edge. Bondo is a professional strength, all-purpose filler that comes with a hardening cream. Once the hardening cream is mixed in with the putty, you have very little time to apply the mixture to the chipped area before it starts to harden. So timing is key. Make sure you are ready to go with all necessary supplies and steps before mixing!

Simply scoop a small amount of the putty onto your paper plate and add a small amount of cream hardener. Mix with your spatula.

Use the spatula to apply a small amount of the mixture to the area. The spatula is great for smoothing the putty, but a small putty knife works great here too. You want to smooth the mixture over the area, and use your spatula to form a smooth edge. Remember not to use too much, because you will be sanding down the excess putty once dry.

We waited about an hour for the putty to completely dry and then began to sand everything down. Start with a very coarse grit sandpaper, around 60 or 80. The putty should smooth out nicely and once you have removed a good amount, move up to a higher grit to finish. We finished this corner with a medium grit sanding block.

And here is the repaired corner, smooth and ready to paint:

Small repairs are worth the effort and time, especially when working on a DIY home project. If cabinet replacements are not in the budget, a simple and quick fix will go a long way to give a clean, professional look. Let us know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to stay with us here on the blog and on our Facebook page for updates to our DIY Series Kitchen Redo!

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