Intro: Antique Furniture Gingerbread Trim Repair With Wood Filler
This is a "quick tip" more than a "how to". I was working on an antique tiger oak sideboard . The customer only wanted me to make minor repairs, do touch up etc. She wanted to keep it in as original shape as possible and had a very small budget . One of the cabinet doors was missing a sizeable piece of decorative "gingerbread" trim. It had a curving piece of oak missing and was quite noticable.
What I used:
Card stock or stiff paper
Elmers wood filler
small sharp chisel
craft paint (oak wood colors)
Carving a delicate piece out of oak was out of the question for the time and budget available. I had the idea to sculpt wood filler. However, I didn't want to gob it on and needed to be neat so the surrounding area wasn't damaged etc. I rolled up a cone from some stiff paper. I filled the paper with a generous amount of Elmers wood filler. I cut the tip off the cone and squeezed out the wood filler like frosting from a pastry cone. After practicing on some scrap, I gave it a shot. It gave me the diameter I needed and wasn't too messy. I let it harden over nite and then carefully shaped it with a sharp chisel, dremel and sandpaper. I used regular craft paint to try to match up the color. The repair was top coated with some laquer spray. Overall the effect was achieved and the customer was happy.