We have a treat for all those furniture lovers out there! After many years of painting we have finally found the tried and true, best way to fill hardware holes in your piece! So whether you are wanting to change from knobs to pulls (or vice versa) or just want a different style that doesn’t quite fit those original holes, this works for all.
Here is the before of the piece we were switching out the old hardware for:
A lot of people use bondo when filling hardware holes and we have tried the product and still use it for large areas that need to be filled, but we don’t particularly like the product. Mainly because it smells a lot. The smell can be pretty strong and tends to linger. It can also sometimes get bubbles in it which you then have to fill and sand back down.
So when I heard about this new-to-me product from my friend Natalie at A Ray of Sunlight I was super excited to try it out! (We are not getting paid to review this product, we just genuinely love to use it for filling hardware holes!) It’s called “Kwikwood“!
So once you remove your old hardware you just break off a little knob of the Kwikwood and just knead it between your fingers to mix the inner product (the white middle circle) and the outer product (the tan part) together. Mix it together with your fingers until it is all one color. This step is very important otherwise your Kwikwood won’t harden.
Once mixed thoroughly you can then begin to place it into your hardware holes. Just shove it all down into the hole! Usually I hold my other hand on the inside of the door or drawer so the filler has a stopping point. You could also use a scrap piece of board as well.
Then you let it sit and harden. It doesn’t take long (about 25 minutes) but since there is a lot of the filler in one spot you may want to wait the 1 hour cure time.
You can see in the photo below how the top drawer has been sanded smooth and the bottom drawer is still raised.
And after that hour you can take your orbital sander and sand that filler down flat to your surface! Since it dries very hard I would definitely recommend an orbital sander here or it will just take forever by hand sanding… And make sure you get it down flat to your piece so you cannot see it under your paint.
And that’s it! Super easy and not as smelly as Bondo! You can even re-drill into the Kwikwood if you need to! It sets that hard. So you can virtually use any kind of new hardware and place it wherever it needs to go.
For this pretty washstand we painted it in Fusion Mineral Paint’s color called “Goddess Ashwaghanda” which is a beautiful off-white. Then measured and re-drilled our holes to fit those beautiful oil rubbed bronze label pulls. It looks so adorable and up-to-date now – no wonder it sold so quickly!