Vintage Table Remodel

2 Materials
3 Hours

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!

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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???

    • Jackie Nichols
      on Feb 21, 2020

      I have tried everything imaginable to make chalk paint including corn starch, Plaster of Paris, baby powder, etc. I even bought boxes of chalk and crushed them in a mortar/pestle like the pharmacist use and the texture was smoother but took a lot of time and effort. When I found this recipe on Navage Patch I was excited to try it. I ordered the calcium carbonate and talc from Amazon. This chalk paint recipe is by far the best out there. I found it on (The Best DIY Chalk Paint Recipe).

      1 cup of latex paint in the color of your choice

      4 tablespoons of Calcium Carbonate

      1 tablespoons of Talc

      1/2 cup of Water

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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