How to repair furniture that has been chewed on by a dog

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How to repair furniture that has been chewed on by a dog

It is said that dogs are man's best friend; however, they are not furniture's best friend, by any means. Puppies especially find great delight in chewing whatever is handy and accessible, such as shoes, kid's toys--and furniture. Fortunately, furniture that has been chewed on by a dog can be fixed. It may take a little time, but it can be easily restored. (For those who don't have the time, replace the furniture and get a cat instead.)

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Chisel
  • Auto-body filler
  • Cardboard
  • Palette knife
  • Stain
  • Finish
  • Sandpaper
  • Steel wool

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  1. 1

    With a chisel, cut away any loose wood that is still on the chewed area. Some remaining loose wood is OK, as it will help with adhesion later.

  2. 2

    Mix auto-body filler on a small piece of cardboard. Mix in the cream hardener according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  3. 3

    Apply the putty to the chewed area with a palette knife, making sure to force it into the damaged area. It may take several applications to build it up, if it is a large area.

  4. 4

    Allow 5 to 10 minutes for the putty to harden.

  5. 5

    Use the chisel to sculpt the area to the desired look.

  6. 6

    Use 80-grit sandpaper to smooth out the area, and follow up with 120-grit sandpaper to remove any rough spots.

  7. 7

    Stain the area with a stain that matches the rest of the furniture. Use a paintbrush to apply the stain.

  8. 8

    Allow 20 to 30 minutes for the area to dry completely and apply a finish coat.

  9. 9

    Sand the area again with 320-grit sandpaper and apply more finish. Use the sandpaper and #0000 steel wool in between coats of finish until the desired look is reached.

Tips and warnings

  • Bitter Apple Spray, white vinegar, and isopropyl alcohol will keep dogs from chewing on items, as they don't like the taste.
  • Ventilate the work area properly and keep the dog out of that area while repairing the furniture

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