Not skillful with power tools or needle and thread? Not to worry, the right type of glue can repair most any broken object around the house, from broken furniture legs to torn lampshades. The only skill required for DIY glue repair jobs is choosing the right glue for the job.
Use Wood Glue for DIY Repairs on Wooden Furniture
Most minor DIY repairs to wood furniture can be made with wood glue, a.k.a carpenter’s glue. Wood glue (carpenter’s glue) comes in three colors, white, tan or yellow, is easy to apply, drips or spills can be cleaned up with water while the wood glue is still wet and when the wood has dried it can be sanded smooth and painted over. Wood glue dries slowly and the repaired parts will need to be clamped into place for best results.
Wood glue can be used for a variety of DIY repair jobs – repair dresser drawer fronts that have come off, repair broken legs on chairs, stools or tables, repair broken picture frames, etc.. If the wood furniture that needs repaired is outdoor furniture, look for wood glue that is waterproof.
Instant Adhesive Glue Repairs Ceramic
The handle on a favorite ceramic coffee mug break off or the head of a favorite ceramic figurine? An invisible DIY repair can be made with instant adhesive glue like Krazy Glue or Super Glue. This type of glue is true to it’s name, it dries instantly. When using instant adhesive glue for a DIY repair job around the house, work quickly and line up the broken ceramic pieces right the first time, as there is no second chance with instant adhesive glue. If this type of glue gets on skin during a DIY repair, it can easily be removed with nail polish remover that contains acetone.
Craft Glue Repairs Torn Fabric or Paper Around the House
Ribbon trim drooping off the lampshade? Hem coming out of the curtains? Torn window shade? Use craft glue to make an invisible DIY repair to any fabric or paper objects around the house. Craft glue can also be used to repair non-weight bearing plastic, ceramic or wood objects, as long as the objects will not come into contact with liquids, craft glue loses it’s grip when wet.
Use Polyurethane Glue for Mixed Material DIY Repairs
When the broken item consists of mixed materials, such as metal and wood, polyurethane glue is the right choice for repairing the item. Polyurethane glue expands as it dries to form an extra tight bond and is an excellent repair medium to use on tools like a metal shovel or rake that has come out of a wood handle. DIY repairs made with polyurethane glue will take 24 hours to cure and items will need to be clamped or be weighted down.