How to Remove Old Veneer and Use Wallpaper to Hide Flaws

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This chest had been left outside for some time and the veneer was peeling off and the top was bowed from being wet.
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I removed what I could, and put a dripping wet towel and left it over night. Also used a board and clamped both sides to straighten out the bowed top while it was wet and drying.
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The veneer pulled up and was easily removed.
damage to the veneer was also on the sides. I patched, and added a trim board across the bottom to hide the missing veneer
I sanded the top, and added paintable wallpaper to the drawer fronts to add texture and hide the condition issues.
painted all of it with Metallic pewter paint
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I used a gray base coat to save on the pricey metallic paint. I used a roller and rolled a lighter silver paint over the top of the texture to highlight.
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black glaze was added to also highlight the texture on the drawers and add depth to the metallic pewter finish.
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Added wallpaper to the drawer bottoms and painted the interior too.
  • how to remove old veneer before and after metallic painted dresser, how to, painted furniture
Finished off with a topcoat of polyurethane for durability.
Yes, it can be saved and loved again!

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