Repairing/Filling Missing or Damaged Veneer

Number one question...remove it and fill or paint over it? This blog post will answer all those questions with step by step instructions and a 3 Part Video Series, for those who need to see it in action! The first step is determining what can be salvaged. If the veneer is chipped but stable, I like to paint over it and highlight the damage by distressing it. If the veneer isn't stable, it's gotta go! That's where Bondo comes in! You can find all the details and close up after pics on the blog!
If you can slide an object under the veneer, it's not stable. Gotta go!
These chips are stable and they'll great painted and distressed!
After the unstable veneer was removed.
Bondo is a two part mix but it's really quick and easy to do!
Applying the Bondo.
Spreading the Bondo.
Sanding the Bondo smooth.
I love the character those distressed chips add!
Perfectly Imperfect!
Angela Davis- A to Z Custom Creations
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  • Phyllis Minga Phyllis Minga on Oct 22, 2017

    i have an old antique dresser that the veneer was ruined because of water damage. i had a plant that was set on it even though it had a pan under to catch the water somehow the water went through. So now there is a big round circle on it where the veneer is just ruined. Is there a place you can buy veneer to repair the dresser?

  • Suzanne Suzanne on Nov 06, 2017

    should I use Bondo on it?

  • JoAnn Cimilluca Torre JoAnn Cimilluca Torre on Jun 06, 2020

    Link for your blogpost isnt working!

    I have an armoire that I want to convert into a coffee/wine station. The inside back wall has a few chips and bubbles in its veneer. If I want to paint or stain the back wall ... it is easier to just remove and replace with plywood ... or trying to fix while still in place. I'm curious as to how you actually remove unstable veneer, and if you would remove the bubbles veneer or try to glue that down (problem I forsee with that is I couldnt put something heavy on it to keep pressure on till glue dries as it is backwall of unit). Any guidance would be appreciated as this is my first big project!

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  • LauraLynne LauraLynne on Apr 30, 2019

    Love the color, what did you use?

  • Sandra W Sandra W on Jul 04, 2021

    I have an antique Drexel buffet that has a piece of veneer missing in the fron and on the side. I want to paint not restrain the piece so I am going to try this. Thx