Restoring Antiques and Veneer Repairs DIY

This antique buffet/sideboard had seen better days. It was severely damaged from years of someone smoking and had veneer damage. I wanted to restore it and knew a few of my favorites could help.
I started by fully degreasing and scrubbing down with JR Watkins cleaners.
Then stripping with Soy Gel Stripper.
For the veneer damage I started by using wood glue to secure any loose pieces.
Then using wood putty, I filled the chips and missing pieces.
Once that was dry I grabbed the Three Trees set of colored stains by Unicorn SPiT. Using Rustic Reality first and layering on Squirrel to match the grain pattern and color.
Some spots I also used Midnight's Blackness as well.
You can see once I had layered the colors and went with the grain patterns, the patched veneer was like new.
I went over those areas first with Daddy Van's wax and then the entire buffet with about 3 coats.
Now it's all finished and there was no need to remove the veneer.
You can't even see the veneer repairs with Unicorn SPiT and a little patience.

Suggested materials:

  • Daddy Van's  (Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company)
  • Unicorn SPiT  (Renaissance Lady - Connie Hill)
  • UnicornSpit  (
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3 of 23 questions
  • Trudy
    on Jul 17, 2019

    Never heard of Daddy Van's Wax. Why did you choose that over another product?Like a satin poly that you would never have to re-do?

  • Catherine
    on Jul 22, 2019

    I have nearly same piece. Did you have any white stains? I don't know made them. If so, how did you rectify?

  • Jjqq
    on Jan 8, 2020

    I can't find Soy Gel Stripper anywhere. Could you please provide the brand name or where to get it? I did try looking at blog for more info - but it wouldn't come up .


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2 of 190 comments
    on Dec 21, 2019

    Thank God you didn't paint it...When people paint these old pieces they ruin them..

    It looks beautiful..........

  • Joan Martin
    on Dec 21, 2019

    this is so wonderful antique not painted.. love this..

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