Vintage Table Remodel

2 Materials
$20
3 Hours
Easy

My mom picked up this little table at a flea market a few years back. It was cute, but with a significantly cracked veneer it needed a little work!
I started by heating the veneer with a heat gun, which melts the adhesive holding it to the piece. This makes it easier to pull off the veneer.
Then I used a putty knife to pull the veneer off of the piece.
I repeated this until most of the veneer was removed. Once the veneer was gone, I sanded the area with my orbital sander to remove any remaining adhesive or veneer. The top in particular was a bit more stuck-on and needed the sanding.
Then I painted the places where I'd removed the veneer. I used a DIY Chalk paint made out of latex paint, water, and baking soda. No matter how much I mixed, the baking soda didn't fully dissolve, leading to a bumpy finish. I wouldn't recommend it.
And my nightstand was done! If you like how it turned out, or want to learn more about removing veneer, check out the full blog post!

Resources for this project:

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

14 Cool Ways To Upholster Chairs That You Can DIY
18 Fun Ways To Add Glitter To Your Home Decor
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
15 Amazing Things You Can Make With Dollar Store Gems
These Herb Garden Ideas Will Make You Want To Start One Of Your Own
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
30 Great Jar Ideas You Have To Try
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
30 Creative Ways To Repurpose Baking Pans
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
16 Ways to Maximize Storage And Organization In Your Home
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
15 Amazing Things You Can Make With Dollar Store Gems
Lindsay Fay

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Go

Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Virginia Barlow Browning
    on Jan 23, 2020

    So what did you use instead of the baking soda...or did you sand it off or use milk/chalk paint???

    • Pat Tatro Lieb
      7 days ago

      I use corn starch. Just put it thru a sifter first, before mixing it in the paint. Works like a charm!

  • Kathy Findlay
    on Jan 25, 2020

    Makes you wonder why some pieces were veneered. I like the wood on other area between the drawer and the door. Or was that wood different from the part under the old veneer?

    • Jeanne Martin
      on Jan 27, 2020

      Janet - I agree with you on some wood under veneer (maybe not the one in this post). I would try staining a section first and if I didn't like it then out comes the paint. Sometimes it looks great but sometimes it clashes with the remaining good veneer tho.

Join the conversation

2 of 17 comments
  • Jessica
    on Jan 26, 2020

    You did an amazing job! Love it.

  • Heje
    on Feb 5, 2020

    The drawer pulls are amazing on this piece especially the bottom one. The combination of the natural and the paint brings out the wood tones. Love it.

Your comment...