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What Do You Do When Good Veneer Goes Bad?

It was an impulse buy. I saw the shape of the French Bombe Commode dresser with Ormolu in the corner of my eye. Initially, I wasn't sure if I loved it or I hated it.
It really wasn't 'my' style - but the shape. The shape was exquisite. And I dared to look past the peeling/cracked veneer.
I wasn't that concerned that the black and white marble had crackled along the vein. The professional repair was only slightly noticeable.
It was a reproduction. The stamp underneath the marble said that it had been manufactured in Egypt, and imported by a Washington State import company. Had it been a 'true' antique I would never have considered touching it. I know my limitations. But a repro? Well, a repro I'm OK with trying to fix.
I debated for several days about whether to try to repair the cracked/missing/peeling veneer - or should I try to 'tone it down' a little, and make it more appealing to a broader audience. I decided to try and repair the veneer. Out came the steamer (in preparation for steaming the veneer to make it pliable), then I would glue and clamp the veneer back into place and secure it. Simple, right?
No. Not at all. The more I pried the veneer up (to glue and clamp it down), the more it just seemed to give way. It was a complete mess. I knew pretty quickly that the veneer just wasn't stable enough to even try to fix it.
Days later (seriously, days later) it ended up looking like this. I had to removed the entire body of veneer. So, what do you do when good veneer goes bad?
You make it beautiful again.
I wanted to make it look like Italian plaster. I was working with a imperfect surface, and I wanted to embrace that. I wanted to go the the real patina feel.
I gold leafed all of the ormolu, and the brass trim work. And put gold leaf edging around the drawers. I used a new paint line that I've fallen in love with Pure & Original Classico, (here's a link if you're interested in seeing it)
and choose a dark blue for the base, and then a sage green for the mid tone, and a light blue for the final 'wash' coat. I also used about four different General Finishes glazes, to get the aged look.
I love how it turned out. It was a labor of love. I hated it, then I kinda liked it, then I hated it again and wanted to chop it up. I wrote a blog post about it, saying that I hoped I would never see it again!
It sold almost immediately. And then I got an email from Pure & Original (who had seen my post), asking if they could use my image for an upcoming promotion. Well, yikes! Of course. The next day this came in my in-box.
And that - made everything (including the splinters embedded in my hands) seem a little bit better.

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  • Dee
    Dee United Kingdom
    on Nov 24, 2015

    I loved it from the first pics...... Well after's totally WOW !!! I would have bought from you 🌟💫✨👍🏽✌🏽

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Nov 24, 2015


  • Trish Davenport
    Trish Davenport Edgewater, FL
    on Nov 24, 2015

    A truly great find and an exceptionally beautiful finish.

  • Parsimonious Décor Darling
    Parsimonious Décor Darling Los Angeles, CA
    on Nov 25, 2015

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Dale
    Dale Bradenton, FL
    on Nov 26, 2015

    A work of art!

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