Aug 16, 2011

My First Experience With Veneer

I picked up this table earlier this spring .  Even though it wasn't in very good shape, I couldn't resist it.  It has such pretty details and is fairly old, although I am not certain as to how old.  
Now of course, it didn't start out looking like this...
It was more like this...
 The top of the table and the shelf had a veneer that was in horrible shape...
 It was all crinkled and chipped.  So, after researching how to remove veneer, I decided to give it a go.
I sprayed water onto the top and then set my iron on it for a few minutes at a time.  This loosens up the old glue and makes it easier to lift up.
I used a scraper-thingy to pry it up with.
This was definitely not an easy job,  was very time consuming- and sticky!  I think it took me about 3 hours for the top of the table.  I am not looking forward to having to repeat this on any further pieces!  Oh, and by the way.... don't use your good iron....(I am now the proud owner of a brand new iron ;-)

Here is the top with all the veneer taken off:

I decided to just give the bottom shelf a really good sanding and fill in the spots where it was chipped with wood filler, and it turned out okay.
Some of the veneer underneath was lifting as well, so I had to glue it back in place.  The board helped give me even pressure. 

This was one of those projects that always seemed to get pushed to the side, but finally, it is complete!

There is some gorgeous detailing, and the legs are sooo pretty!

I'd also like to say welcome to all my new followers.  You guys are great, and all the comments I have gotten so far are so encouraging :-)

Linking to:
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Making Lemonade


  1. Nice job on this pretty table! Thanks for the tips on removing veneer.

  2. so pretty! i have used that trick before as well- sometimes it works like a charm and others not so much, but i have heard it depends on the type of glue used. who knew? and who knew an iron could have so many great uses!

  3. You have such a good eye for furniture! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  4. Hello Cynthia,
    Wow, what a makeover your table now looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula

  5. What a LOT of work...and what a FABULOUS result!! Thanks loads for the mini tutorial too!

    Deborah, visiting from

  6. This is such great info! I love how it turned out for you! Great job!

    By the way, I am hosting my first link party, and would love to have you link this up to it--

  7. That took a lot of work but it was worth it as it looks fabulous!

    I am your newest follower :)

    I host a Bunny Hop Party every Wednesday and I would like to invite you. The linky is open until Sunday, but don't wait too long ;)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Bunny Jean's Decor and More (my main blog)

  8. Beautiful! I picked up a table at a yard sale with similar shape. It has one mark in the veneer on top and I have been trying to figure out how to fix it. Thanks for these great tips!

  9. Great Info! We have a side table where the veneer is half off, now I know how to move forward. The table is gorgeous now!

  10. Great job! Such a pretty little table now!! Found you via The
    36th Avenue and have become your newest follower. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

  11. LOVE!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am going to have to become a follower of yours. Love your makeovers!!

  12. It DOES have great details! Very pretty makeover!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  13. Thanks for sharing this, I'm working on a piece now with veneer. Most of it came right up, but that stubbron bit is driving me crazy and I needed a new iron anyway ;)

  14. Just lovely!! I applaud your patience. :)

  15. Posts like yours and your pretty table are giving me the strength not to be intimidated about removing chipped tops...I'm gonna take the plunge the next time I see such a cute piece as this with a messed up top!

    WONDERFUL redo and WONDERFUL photos and tute!

    Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed's Linky Party today, 8/19/11
    ~Suzanne at WHYCUZICAN
    NW IL

  16. Wow! The table is so pretty... And the removing of venneer is such a noghtmare for me!

  17. WOW! What a transformation. Oh you give me hope that I can do this myself one day!!!! Really, WOW. I'm bookmarking so I can remember this!!

    I love transformations! I just turned my secretary into a bar area in my dining room. I really hope you'll stop by and check it out:

    See you soon, I hope!

  18. Great job with the veneer. I've had some nightmares with veneer using that same technique. I don't think I'm apt to try it again. My latest veneer piece is on my blog...I ended up going with it! check it out if you are interested. The table looks amazing! Definitely worth the time.

  19. I just discovered your blog through FJI & love it! I'll be following through google reader. It's been fun looking back at all you remade.

  20. The table looks great and thanks you for saving it. I take veneer off with the putty knife and a heat gun. Works pretty easy. I am just finishing up on a table that I will feature next week, so come by and check it out.

  21. Such a cute little table! Well worth all that effort! Gorgeous!

  22. Wow! The table was worth it you put a lot of elbow grease into it. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Great job on this table make over! I'm dieing to make over a piece of furniture!!!

    Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. We hope you will join us again!

  24. What a sweet table. You did an excellent job!
    catching you this week,

  25. That looks awesome! You did a great job!! Thanks so much for joining my party.

  26. This looks great. Your effort was paid off. I love your work.

    If not too busy, please drop by on my blog

  27. This desk is so pretty!

    I've just browsed through your work, and I love your choices of colurs and style.

    I'm a new follower!


  28. Get out of town, an iron to get off veneer? Great tip! Though I must admit I would not have your patience to deal with that. Thanks for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday!