How to Repair & Replace Missing Veneer, Formica, or Wood on Furniture

How to Repair & Replace Missing Veneer, Formica, or Wood on FurnitureWhile refinishing furniture with paint, glaze, and distressing, it’s not uncommon to come across a great piece that missing some it’s original veneer, formica (an old school laminate surface) or wood.

Either through wear or tear, or maybe even damage inflicted by an animal, such areas are unsightly. Yet, they CAN be can be repaired for refinishing with paint, glaze, and distressing!

I’ve made these repairs time and again using a product I highly recommend called FIX it STICK. It’s an all purpose epoxy putty available at Lowe’s in the plumbing department.

Yes, you read that right! Plumbing! And I’ll tell you at the end of this article where you can find it.

FIX it STICK was recommended to me a few years ago my a local furniture refinisher I highly respect. I love the results I get from it when repairing and replacing missing surfaces.

Let me explain how I use it. The images I’ve included here will illustrate different ways I put it to use to make repairs prior to refinishing with paint, glaze and distressing. (This product isn’t recommended for stain finishes.)

FIX it STICK is an epoxy putty that comes in a plastic tube. Sealed in a thin layer of plastic, it can be sliced through and individual portions removed for repair use.


The epoxy roll has two layers: a lighter outside layer and a darker inside layer. These must be completely mixed together by hand (into one unified shade of grey) to catalyze the final, hardened product.

The mixed putty will turn warm, and you have a few minutes before it hardens when it is malleable and can be fit into the area you want to repair. 

Before these step, I’ve done whatever necessary to clean and prepare the area for the putty. Typically, I will apply a thin layer of wood glue to the surface where the putty will be placed. The glue will help the hardening putty adhere tight to the surface.

How to Repair & Replace Missing Veneer, Formica, or Wood on Furniture

I apply the putty so it’s raised a bit above the furniture surface. Once dry (I typically let it set 24 hours), I will then sand it down level to the surface around it. 

There are occasions when I’ve used the putty to perform a major repair, say where I dog chewed out part of the wood. In that case, and as illustrated here, I’ll place wood screws into the wood to serve as a sort of backbone to hold the hardened putty in place. I’ll also use this technique on corner areas where extra reinforcement may be needed.

How to Repair & Replace Missing Veneer, Formica, or Wood on Furniture

I also use this putty for filling old holes that have been drilled in drawers for pulls. I may be need different holes drilled, and the putty fills the old holes nicely and sands down very smooth.

One of the things I love most about FIX it STICK is that unlike other wood putty products I’ve used, it doesn’t expand when painted. Plus, it’s about as hard as wood, and holds up really well.

For more examples and photos of how I’ve repaired furniture prior to refinishing with paint, glaze and distressing (including steps described above), check out this FIX it STICK Furniture Repairs album I’ve created. Instead of cramming them into this post, I put this album together with captions and explanations. Here in the month of October, I’ll digging out all the photos I can find, and adding them to this album, so check back again for even more examples of how repairs can be made.

FIX it STICK may be found at Lowe’s in the plumbing department. It’s typically found in a double end cap area that’s half way down (and cutting across) one of the rows of plumbing products. It goes for about $7, and even when it’s been partially used, will not harden up until the product is mixed. 

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