Liquid glue can be used to join parts together during repairs, but cannot replace missing material. With soft or kneadable repair compound, such as wood putty, on the other hand, imperfections can be modeled, so that the torn out door hinge, the coffee cup that has broken into several parts or the broken ornament on the picture frame can be repaired. Here you will find our best repair ideas!
Repair a torn hinge
In chipboard in particular, large holes usually appear when a hinge or doorknob breaks off, making it impossible to fasten a new screw connection.
To repair the damage, first remove the screws and loose wood chips completely. Then remodel the defect with wood putty (product recommendations below) and smooth with a damp cloth or your fingers. After hardening, sand the surface with sandpaper if necessary. The hinge or knob can then be reattached to the repaired surface and the cabinet door readjusted.
If the flower pot fell and shattered into several pieces, most of the time not all of the pieces will fit together seamlessly. Repair clay can also be used to replace missing pieces so that the pot is still usable.
Tip: A self-made flower pot made of paper concrete does not need to be repaired because it is virtually indestructible.
mend your favorite mug
Even beloved crockery such as cups, plates or bowls can be restored with repair putty or spatula. The mass can be colored to match the dishes or varnished after hardening. If the repaired fractures come into contact with food, it is advisable to (additionally) cover the repaired area with food-safe paint.
Tip: At the Kintsugi, a Japanese repair technique, the breakage is not concealed, but emphasized, for example with gold, to emphasize the beauty of the imperfect. A similar effect can also be achieved with modeling clay in a contrasting colour.
Plug holes in walls and tiles
When moving, holes in the walls of the old apartment usually have to be repaired. Larger drill holes that cannot simply be brushed over can be filled with repair spatula or modeling clay, smoothed out with sandpaper after hardening and then painted over. Holes in tiles are also filled and can be colored with paint if necessary.
replicate wood ornaments
Damage or even missing parts on decorated wooden objects such as a picture frame, a shelf console or turned table legs can be reproduced with repair clay.
If the wood is painted or coated, the repair compound can be colored or treated to match the color after it has hardened. If you can see the grain of the wood, you can work some wood dust into the surface of the repair and then smooth it down with wet fingers to make it blend in more unobtrusively.
Alternatively, just as with patched crockery, the repair area can be emphasized with a contrasting color.
Tip: Minor damage and scratches in wood can often be repaired with items you may have around the house anyway.
Design and optimize with repair compound/wood putty
Instead of just replacing decorations, the repair compound can also be used to add additional embellishments or practical functions. For example, the modeling clay can be used to attach a towel hook to the bathroom tiles, attach a pouring spout to a vessel, or make a door handle or pot handle more ergonomic. Just let your imagination run wild!
Select a suitable repair compound
Depending on the material the object you want to work on is made of, different repair compounds are suitable. For wood, there is a special wood putty or wood putty that can be worked on in a similar way to wood after it has hardened. Holes in the wall can be closed with different fillers, depending on whether it is a wall or a wall made of plasterboard – there is even filler especially for woodchip wallpaper.
For repair areas that should remain flexible, such as a charging cable where the sheathing has broken, putty glue such as Sugru, which remains elastic like rubber, is suitable. Epoxy putty is the best choice for dishes or tiles because it can withstand heat and moisture once it sets.
Tip: With two-component adhesive made of epoxy resin, even a damaged mobile phone housing can be repaired and thus avoid an expensive new purchase.
From household items to food, there are many things that can still be used or recycled to avoid waste:
What have you refurbished instead of throwing away? Share it with us in a comment!
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