Removing soft putty from nail holes

Q: I used wood putty instead of a sandable wood filler on some shelves that I built and now I find out that the putty does not get hard. Ouch, my stupidity I know, but do you know of a way to remove the putty from the nail holes so I can then use a sandable filler and paint over?

Thanks in advance.

A: If you are painting over the putty would it matter if it gets hard or stays soft? I would use a nail the same size as the hole to remove the putty if you wish.

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  1. Dear Maria,I seem to be stuck with my decision on new kithcen cabinets. I have newer white appliances, white woodwork and doors throughout the house, and natural oak floors. At first I wanted to put white painted wood cabinets (not thermafoil) in the kithcen, but I have noticed that everything new is off-white with stainless appliances. I found an off-white maple cabinet that has a glaze on it that makes the definitions of the molding on the doors pop. I like the look of it, but am unsure with my white appliances. I have looked through countless magazines for a picture of off-white cabinets with white appliances, but have only found one or two. Some cabinet professionals have also told me that stark white cabinets are out of style, so I’m not sure what to do. Do you think white appliances would look that out of place with off-white appliances? Thank you so much for your time.Jill

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