Junk to Joy...chalk Paint or Bring Back Wood?

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our neighbors were wheeling this beauty to the trash and my wonderful hubby waited for them to go back in...(heaven forbid that he admits he loves to junk...err up cycle). Anywhoooo, now we have this in a pile of "to-dos". What do you think? It's marked on back from Pennsylvania but veneer is peeling...HELP! Thank you all!
q junk to joy chalk paint or bring back wood, chalk paint, painted furniture
q junk to joy chalk paint or bring back wood, chalk paint, painted furniture
q junk to joy chalk paint or bring back wood, chalk paint, painted furniture
q junk to joy chalk paint or bring back wood, chalk paint, painted furniture
q junk to joy chalk paint or bring back wood, chalk paint, painted furniture
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  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Oct 05, 2013
    @Julie Moyna nice piece, I can't believe what people throw away when there are so many that could and would still use the piece. I did some google research on your id stamp - gotta love google. Here are a few sites that may help you; history of company http://www.post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/578689/Evolution-Of-A-Furniture-Company.html?nav=5206 in relation to Jamestown http://www.prendergastlibrary.org/?page_id=4427

  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Oct 05, 2013
    Love this piece. It would look beautiful sanded and stained if you want to put the time into it. Chalk paint would look just as nice too. It all depends on what style goes best where you wan to put this beauty.

  • Julie Moyna Julie Moyna on Oct 06, 2013
    Thanks ladies! I think with it being so old, this will be a restoring project. New for me with veneer and details...chalk paint is so easy to hide flaws but I do love this piece and yes I am amazed that this was considered to be trash!!!!! I will document progress. Wish me luck! :)

    • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Oct 06, 2013
      @Julie Moyna there is a post on here on how to repair veneer patches. I did do a piece from my husband's family - just replaced the whole drawer front and one of the panels on the top. It wasn't too difficult.

  • Jeanine Wester Jeanine Wester on Oct 06, 2013
    I agree with restoring it! It's good practice if you haven't done it before and it was free so you don't have a big investment in it. If it doesn't turn out you can always paint over it and I'm sure that would look great too!

  • The Shabby Nest The Shabby Nest on Oct 06, 2013
    I would glue down veneer where you can and fill in missing parts with wood fill. Then paint it in chalk paint will be gorgeous!! Good luck!

  • Julie Moyna Julie Moyna on Oct 06, 2013
    Thank you @Gail salminen. I will go check it out.

  • Karon Nelson Roberts Karon Nelson Roberts on Oct 07, 2013
    WOOD!!! strip it, and then light color stain, then wax. I think painting will take away from the beauty of the wood.

  • Simple Joys Simple Joys on Oct 26, 2013
    Just finished a piece, very similar. The veneer was in bad shape. I did my best to save it...but no luck. Ended up painting. Tell the Hubs the best stuff is always free and waiting for "redemption" from the dumpster. My hubby came home with 3 amazing chairs this week all saved from the jaws of the garbage truck! Good Luck. Post pics when you are done. Would love to see!

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    • Julie Moyna Julie Moyna on Oct 31, 2013
      @Simple Joys Should be done this weekend!!!!!

  • Christina Christina on Jan 19, 2015
    My brother-in-law came upon a bureau in which the veneer was in very bad shape so he took it all off and was left with decent wood underneath. So he stained it up and it came out great. He warned me that sometimes the wood underneath can be made of mismatched scraps and may even have knot holes. He would have re-veneered the piece had that been the case.

    • Julie Moyna Julie Moyna on Jan 19, 2015
      I actually have t sitting in my workshop. I never knew that about the scraps! I am so glad you told me! My plan was to sand and stick a YouTube video and learn but I will check out the under and keep my fingers crossed! Now if it's scrap, I'll distress or white wash! Thank you so much Christina!

  • Eric Turner Eric Turner on Jan 20, 2015
    You can buy veneer from Mann tool co.