Need advice to refinish cedar chest with parquet veneer front.

by Nanade7
Don't want to paint it.
  6 answers
  • Hgb1333886 Hgb1333886 on Jul 16, 2017

    I have one just like this I am working on took off veneer with my Joy Mangono steamer lol it was in bad shape. I am going to put new hinges (good ones) and perhaps use leather paint on top...still thinking

    • Nanade7 Nanade7 on Jul 16, 2017

      The top is the only part that's peeling. I didn't think about using a steamer. Thanks for the advice.

  • Connie Darnell Connie Darnell on Jul 16, 2017

    I have this identical chest! It had been in my mom's garage forever. I used a Howard's oil that had a light stain in it and it turned out great. It's at another home or I would send a picture. The Howard's can be found at a lot of antique stores. Hope this helps.

    • Nanade7 Nanade7 on Jul 16, 2017

      I've never heard of Howard's oil, but I'm sure I can find it on the internet. Thanks!

  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Jul 16, 2017

    Can you sand it down to get rid of any remaining finish/imperfections (light sanding so that you don't damage the veneer) then wipe with a tack cloth and stain (if desired) and/or use a clear polyurethane as directed to replace the finish

  • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on Jul 16, 2017

    You could try a gel stain as well, which might not require as much sanding.

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    • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on Jul 16, 2017

      I imagine if you put in on lightly with a cloth you could get whatever affect you wanted. I am not sure if it would blend it all into one more than what you want on this piece.

  • Dori Lamer Neu Dori Lamer Neu on Jul 16, 2017

    If this is an antique it would be a shame to sand away the patina that has developed over the years. Most older furniture has a lacquer finish. This can be confirmed by testing a spot with lacquer thinner. If the finish liquifies, you can redistribute (to reuse the finish that exists) or remove the old finish with the thinner, then reseal with a new lacquer coat ... good luck with your project.

  • Barb Barb on Jul 16, 2017

    I think a nice coat of stain