How to Remove Wood Veneer From Furniture + Dresser Makeover

60 Minutes
Often you find used furniture that has wood veneer coming off, or is damaged. Now you don't have to pass on that piece because you can remove the veneer without fancy tools.
This was the dresser before its makeover.
Here is the dresser after the veneer was removed from the top and it was primed, painted and glazed. It went from old and tired to new and fresh. The paint is a silver metallic with black and white glaze for texture.
Don't pass up a piece of furniture that has broken or cracked veneer, you can fix it. See more during pictures and how to on my blog.
Jessica @ Decor Adventures
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  • AG AG on Nov 01, 2018

    What did I miss cannot see what u did to remove the veneer ??

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  • Mary Mary on Jan 28, 2015
    I have an old dresser almost identical to this. I've been wondering how I would get the veneer off, so this is perfect! I'll be sure to post pictures once I"m done.

  • Linda Barrett Dirksen Linda Barrett Dirksen on Aug 25, 2015
    When the veneer comes up...what is under it? I've avoided peeling veneer, but maybe you've changed my mind. Thanks!

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    • @Linda Barrett Dirksen Yes it depends. Usually it's just a less-quality wood. You can usually sand and paint or stain it. The piece I did ended up looking great after I took off the veneer.