Don't Be Afraid of Removing Veneer


Great bones, but veneer needed to go.
Peeling veneer.
Not an easy task, but if done right veneer peels right off. The key is patience.
I have always thought the wood under veneer is beautiful.
Finished. Knobs from Hobby Lobby at half price.
So pleased with how it turned out.

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  • Marcia
    on Sep 20, 2019

    You do not say how you removed the veneer, only "if it is done right, veneer peels right off"

    • Tricia
      on Oct 7, 2020

      I actually had a lot of success on my round claw foot top the veneer was chipping n peeling. So very very hot wet old bath towels laid on the table to loosen the veneer. I kept a plastic type picnic table cover over it and would wet and squeeze out the towels if they cooled. I did it slow about 2 days. But I was going about my day.

      Good luck

  • Janice
    on Nov 21, 2019

    WHAT DID YOU USE TO PEEL OFF THE VENEER, I WAS USING A FLAT SCREWDRIVER, BUT I THINK I NEED A DIFFERENT TOOL

    • Mcgypsy9
      on Aug 2, 2020

      You can also use a heat gun which works very well in removing the veneer. The heat releases the glue that was used to attach the veneer. You can then use a “plastic” scraper to help with removal and it doesn’t damage like a metal one does. Heat guns are very cheap. It takes patience!

  • Sherrie
    on Jan 4, 2020

    Can you show us the tool you use please? Many tools for scraping paint can be found. I have a few but none are multi sided. Thank you so much!

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  • Karen H.
    on Jun 11, 2019

    Absolutely beautiful! I think a lot of wonderful vintage pieces are passed over because they are veneered. Many times the price is lower on pieces that need repair work, and we can pick up a bargain. You certainly turned an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. Well done!

  • Mcgypsy9
    on Aug 2, 2020

    I love it! What stain did you use? I’ve seen this stained and -winter and both are gorgeous!

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