How To Repair/Replace Missing Furniture Moldings.

One of the many frustrations when buying antique furniture is what to do if there’s missing trim work? Argh. I’m sure most of us have been there. The easiest option is simply do nothing, and sell as-is. I’ve actually done that many times in the past. (But, I’m naturally lazy I purposely work with patina and making a piece appear ‘old‘). That’s just my MO. A lot of the time I can get away with (and actually sometimes accentuate) missing trim work. Take this dresser – it had lots of missing trim.

After I rearranged the existing trim to accommodate an image I was working on, I decided to leave it. The ‘missing’ trim actually made sense to me, and helped me achieve an authentically worn piece. But that doesn’t always happen, and sometimes it just doesn’t work, as much as you would hope it would. Besides, most refinishers want their upcycled pieces to look ‘refinished‘ or ‘like new‘, and I would also say that most buyers prefer to purchase a piece that looks like a new piece. So what do we do?

Sometimes you have to thinking outside of the box!

The first option would be to try and magically ‘find’ similar trim on-line. I’ve seen a few websites that offer replicates of antique trim work, but honestly, I never bothered to keep the link because HOLY MOLY! Jeez Louise the cost!!! I decided it wasn’t even a feasible option for me. Buying replicate antique wood appliques would truly eat up most of my profit. And that’s not how I roll. So, to me, that’s not really an option I want to exercise. In their defense however, I’m guessing these sites gear themselves towards people with ‘true’ antiques; people who want a ‘quick’ fix and don’t mind spending huge amounts of money for some mill work. I’m just not one of them.

The second option would be to perhaps take some of the existing trim off and replace it with brand new trim. But seriously, does that even remotely sound appealing? No, it’s a ridiculous idea. Why did I even mention it? I would never remove antique ANYTHING to replace it with new stuff. Keep the character, I say. Sometimes, I astound myself by my thought process. So, scratch that option. It’s ridiculous. We want to replicate the existing molding, to fill in the missing areas; and do it easily and cost-effectively? Simple, right?


It’s actually so simple, you almost question yourself if you’re doing it right. Shouldn’t there be more steps? Because replicating antique molding should be hard, shouldn’t it? I guess, technically, it sounds like it would be difficult but I came across this fabulous product that is a complete GAME-CHANGER.

It’s called Amazing Mold Putty and it’s true to it’s name. Truly amazing!

What is it exactly? Well, it’s a two-part platinum based silicon kit, that allows you to mold, virtually anything, in less than 20 minutes. You simply blend the two products together, in equal amounts, for one minute; then cast your mold. Simple. Here’s a video to show you exactly how easy it is to work.

That simple. Who knew?

I’m not 100% sure how I stumbled on this product, but once I viewed the video I became so intrigued with this project that I reached out to Amazing Casting Products and asked them if I could try it. They were so so incredibly welcoming to me, and said ‘Of course, let’s send you some and tell us what you think’. On a side note, through our many email exchanges, I have been SO impressed by their customer service.

Now because I don’t carry a large inventory, I actually didn’t have any pieces with missing trim work (typical, right?). But what I did have hanging out in my garage were two vintage radio cabinets: one had an abundance of carvings – like a crazy amount, while the other had zero. Hmmmm. We could make this work. So, let me present to you the little plain radio cabinet.

I knew I wanted to put an image on the doors, but I wasn’t in love with how plain the side panels were – they needed some embellishments (don’t we all). Fortunately, because of my latest obsession with radio cabinets, I’d just bought this beauty – with embellishments to share, plus some <3

Gorgeous, right?

The furniture gods were looking out for me because, as it turned out, the wood molding on the side panels was the exact size that I would need to transplant them to the plainer cabinet. Thank you, Furniture God/Goddess. Removing the side panel applique was simple (usually they’re secured by small finish nails). One tug at the top and bottom, and bingo. I decided to spray the molding with Pam, because I wasn’t sure if it would get stuck in the silicone, especially given the intricacy of the carvings. I’m not sure it’s a necessary step, but it doesn’t hurt. Always be prepared. Dib, dib, dob.

Looks like an egg!! This is just to give you an idea of how much putty I needed for the mold.

I can not stress enough how easy this process is. And how quickly it all came together. I’m kicking myself a little for only finding out about the product so late in the game!

Literally within 20 mins I had some pretty amazing side panels!

These molds can be used for resin, soap, clay, even food (yes, it’s a food-safe product – think chocolate!!). The possibilities are quite endless. I decided to use resin (hence the reason why my cast is white. Resin starts off as a clear liquid, and turns white as it dries. And again, the simplicity of it. No special equipment or other supplies: Just a 1:1 ratio, stir, and pour. Boom! Done!

Here’s a video explaining some of the many products from this company. It just opens your eyes up to so many different ways you can use them!

I attached the resin appliques with the original finish nails, plus a little cement glue.

I know what you’re thinking – Well, that looks ridiculous! And you’d be right. Totally ridiculous. But as with everything, you have to go through the ‘ugly/ridiculous’ stage to reach the ‘jaw-dropping’ beautiful stage. I could have opted to paint the white resin, but I decided that let’s just go for it – and do gold-leaf. Because, if there’s one thing that makes me go weak at the knees, it’s gold leaf. And so permit me if you will, let’s skip a few steps and show you the end result.

I am SO happy with the end result. The appliques look as though they were original to the piece. And the details – wow – the silicone molding did such a great job at replicating it. As with most of my pieces, I used Wise Owl paint – this time going out of my comfort zone with a Red/pink palette. Gorgeous!!

In my humble opinion, the small detail work will make the piece.

I quickly reattached the original molding to the other radio cabinet. Refinished that one, and Boom! Two beautifully re-purposed vintage radio cabinets. Now I have the side molds that I can just keep making and making to my hearts content. Such an easy, cost-effective way of adding/replicating molds to your piece.

You have to try this stuff. Seriously. I don’t have an affiliate link, I’m not getting paid to promote this product. I just need to tell you about it. You need to know about it.

It’s. just.that.good.

It’s so good, that I’m actually bringing supplies of it to my painting class in France in September. I want to share this with my students. We’re all going to bring antique molds with us, and replicate them and share them with the group!

And without repeating myself (and already I know I am) this is a game-changer. Never will you look at an antique piece of furniture with missing molding and pause, and wonder how you’re going to fix the problem.

It isn’t a problem. You already know the solution! If you’d like to order the product, click here to go directly to the website or contact Carol Wedlake: Carol is in charge of technical support and sales, and is just quite awesome. It’s been such a pleasure to connect with this company and try their products. I’m such a happy convert!

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As always, thanks for stopping by!

Diane aka The Paint Factory

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14 thoughts on “How To Repair/Replace Missing Furniture Moldings.

  • July 23, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Why am I just now finding you?!!! How can I have your blog deliver to my email? Because I know I won’t remember how to find you again! This is exactly what I was looking for! Wowza! Thank you!

    • July 23, 2019 at 4:42 pm

      I’m so bad at blogging. It’s not a regular thing for me, as much as it should be! If you look on the website, there’s a place to sign up for the emails. You can also look at my FB page, I usually post it there too. And thank you!! Best, Diane

  • August 26, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Wow what can a
    I say. I am listening to a book about Marlene Diettrick and catching up with other artists posts. I was so happy to see after a long time. So now I have read about this fabulous product.
    I need this so much.
    Never stop posting. I treasure your posts.

    • August 26, 2019 at 12:59 pm

      Hi Mollie – thank you x
      I’m a terrible blogger. I’m unorganized and just write drivel most of the time. But it comes with good intentions! I’m hoping to do more blogs, especially after my trip to France!!!

    • June 29, 2021 at 12:50 pm

      I must admit that your projects do turn out very beautiful.
      I restore antiques and when you paint or guild the original wood finish, the value of the piece is 0%.
      In other words, the value is thousands and now painted, is a hundred, if that.
      Wood can be restored to excelled condition, using some basic hand tools and items in your kitchen cabinet.
      Thank you for your time

      • June 29, 2021 at 3:18 pm

        I agree that you do run the risk of devaluing certain antiques by painting them – however, I think there are pieces that just can’t be restored; those are the ones that improve with paint. I love to see a mix of original patina and painted furniture.

  • October 2, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Diane, I needed this information today. I have a broken part of a leg and this will be perfect for repairing it. Thank you! You say you are a terrible blogger but you need to give yourself more credit. Each time you post a technique you used or even the colors you used helps the small artists like me. Every little bit of guidance that you can give is treasured so get on that computer after you finish one of your beautiful pieces. 🙂

    • October 2, 2019 at 10:37 am

      And I needed to hear this today – so thank you!!!

    • June 29, 2021 at 12:16 pm

      I would love to have th,e recipe. I have been dealing with antiques for about 30 years plus and I am very interested in paintings and rugs as well. Please forward to me. Thank you Thomas

  • September 19, 2020 at 12:03 am

    Could you please let me know if you think Bakelite could be cast? Since it’s basically an early form of plastic, it should be fairly inert. But I’m wondering if you ave heard whether there might be any reaction between the Bakelite and the compounds making the mold. I’ve got two Bakelite handles on a vintage, Scottish, pearwood armoire. One is broken at the bottom, and perhaps the other could form a mold for a repair.

    • September 21, 2020 at 12:56 pm

      I honestly can’t imagine why it wouldn’t work with the molding putty. Let me know if it’s a success!

  • April 5, 2023 at 9:44 am

    What if you need the mirror image of the piece. I guess that is what you would call it. I have a mirror with rose and leaf molding at top. One end broke off and I can’t find it but they curve down on each end so when I mold the one side it wouldn’t work for the other end. It’s roses in the center with leaves on the ends. Any advise appreciated! Thank you!

    • April 5, 2023 at 3:24 pm

      I have never had to do this, fortunately! This is what I found on the web. The best suggestion I can give you is to make a casting from the mold you want a mirror image from. You can then have someone who specializes in CAD/CAM design scan the casting. S/he can then make a mirror image of the scan which can be 3D printed in wax. From that wax model, you can then make a mold. Hope this helps!


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