How to Restore Cabinets That Have Been Chipped

Chipped cabinets are a distraction that ruins an otherwise stylish kitchen. Intentional chips may work as part of a distressed look; however, most of the time chipped cabinets simply look damaged and the chips immediately draw attention to the fact. You can fill in those chips and make the cabinets look as good as new.

Step 1

Use a small piece of fine-grit sandpaper to gently rub the chipped area of the cabinet a few times. Remove any loose wood or splinters sticking up from the damaged space. Wipe the inside of the space with a damp soft cloth to remove any sawdust left behind.

Step 2

Cut off a small piece from an epoxy stick and roll it together in your hands until it is uniform in color. Place the epoxy against the wood and press down, filling in the hole. Run a putty knife flat across the surface to remove any excess putty. Allow the epoxy to dry completely.

Step 3

Run your hands under the faucet and then tap the water from your fingers onto the epoxy. Gently rub the surface down with medium-grit sandpaper until the epoxy is flush with the cabinets. Sand the epoxy with fine-grit sandpaper, using a circular motion, to remove any scuffs or sanding marks.

Step 4

Cover the epoxy repair with wood markers in the same shade as your cabinets. Pick a lighter color that closely matches the cabinets and rub the marker all over the epoxy repair. Go back over the repair with a darker color, following the lines of the wood grain for a more authentic look.

Step 5

Apply pieces of masking tape to the edges of the repair, blocking off the repaired area. Lightly coat the repaired portion with a clear lacquer that matches the sheen of the rest of the cabinets. Once the lacquer dries, remove the masking tape.

Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.