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How to Repair Damaged Veneer Edging

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I found this vintage pedestal table at a thrift store. There was significant damage to the scalloped veneer edging and even the cashier and the lady behind me in line thought it was hopeless. But they wished me luck all the same!
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My "Plan A" was to repair the edging. My "Plan B" was a little vague, so luckily Plan A worked!
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I used Band-it veneer edging for the repair. I also used painters tape, a pencil, scissors, and an iron wrapped in aluminum foil (not shown in this photo).

The new edging has a "right" and "wrong" side. The wrong side has adhesive which will eventually be activated with heat. I taped a strip of the edging with the wrong side out to an undamaged section. I traced the pattern onto the "right" side.
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The new edging has a "right" and "wrong" side. The wrong side has adhesive which will eventually be activated with heat. I taped a strip of the edging with the wrong side out to an undamaged section.
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I traced the pattern with a pencil onto the "right" side.
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The new edging is easy to work with and doesn't require power tools. I used scissors to cut out the pattern.
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Next I re-taped my pattern, but this time "right" side out. You'll notice in the photo that my new edging doesn't cover the entire section all the way to the bottom. I could have used wider edging, but I didn't have any on hand. Since I planned to paint this piece I used the product I had and later filled it in with wood filler.
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I wrapped my iron in aluminum foil to protect it from getting scratched or potentially getting adhesive on it. Using the high heat setting, I gently rubbed it on to the new edging. The heat quickly activates the adhesive.
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I allowed the re-activated adhesive to cool before removing the tape. I later filled in the gaps with stain-able wood filler. There were also some other small areas of damage that I filled in with wood filler. After the wood filler was dry I sanded it smooth.
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I planned to paint and distress the table and wanted a consistent base color under the paint. So I applied a dark stain to the repaired area. If you were planning to refurbish a piece, you could match the stain and call it a day at this point.
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And finally here is the finished piece! It's almost as good as new.
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This photo shows the repaired damaged edge. It went through a lot of handling as I worked on painting it, distressing, waxing, etc., so I know it's good and sturdy.
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To finish the table I used layers of chalk paint, wet distressing, stencils, dark wax, and gold highlights. I detailed these steps on my blog post, so if you're interested in learning how to create a similar look then I would love for you to stop by.
http://theblacksheepshoppe.blogspot.com/2017/02/vintage-pedestal-table.html

Materials I used for this project:

  • Band-it edging
  • Painters tape, pencil, scissors, iron, aluminum foil
  • Wood filler & stain

To see more: http://theblacksheepshoppe.blogspot.com/2017/02/vintage-pedestal-table.html

  • Pat Shugars

    This is gorgeous. You did a beautiful job.

  • Pamela Stringer
    Pamela Stringer Meridian, ID

    I have a coffee table that is scrolled metal in the middle and about a foot of edge that looks like wood, but, I don't think it is real wood. I think it is a photo finish of wood with some kind of coating over it. The coating is worn through. Can I

    • Pamela Stringer
      Pamela Stringer Meridian, ID

      I don't see my reply so I will try again. I bought a can last year but was afraid to use it. It is MINWAX pOLYCRYLIC PROTECTIVE FINISH CRYSTAL CLEAR, ULTRA FAST-DRYING, CLEAR GLOSS. Is this ok?

  • Rose Moondreamer
    Rose Moondreamer Stayton, OR

    Great!

    • Pamela Stringer
      Pamela Stringer Meridian, ID

      Thank you so much, if I get it done (slow poke) I'll send you a picture.

  • Ellie
    Ellie Lowell, MA

    Buy the veneer???

    • Patricia
      Patricia Lebanon, OH

      Hi Ellie, The veneer bands come in different sizes. Some of the big box store carry limited sizes. Or you can order from Amazon. I also have a full supply list with a link to the exact brand and size I used on my blog.

  • Denise Amato

    It looks great

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