How to Do Touchups

Instructional Video and Written Instructions for your DIY Cabinet Project

Tools Needed

  • Elmer’s Wood Filler (Any from a major hardware store will do, this is just our preferred)
  • Damp rag
  • Dry rag

A goal of refacing is to mitigate as much touch-up as possible. Being as precise as you can in previous steps will reduce the amount of touch-up necessary. However, no matter what there will be some touch up left to do.

Filling in Seams and Nail Holes

Filling seams and nail holes is an easy, albeit slightly tedious process. Squeeze a little of the filler onto your finger and wipe it across the seam or nail hole. Wipe away some of the excess but not so much as to wipe away what you need applied. We can always wipe away more later so do not worry about having a bit too much. If you are having an issue finding a nail hole, it means you probably don’t need to touch it up.

Let this dry for at least an hour.

Once dry, take a slightly damp rag in one hand and a dry rag in the other. Use the damp rag and wipe down the excess filler, again being careful as to not wipe away too much. Then wipe away any moisture left on the cabinet from the damp rag with the dry cloth.

Don’t worry about too much filler. Only worry about too little filler.