Saturday, April 7, 2012

I HATE Veneer!

Some things are just too good to be true.  I got a screaming deal on this dresser... and then I got started on it.  It actually had a really good paint job, and seemed to be in really good shape (except for the dirt and stickers all over it and the cheap plastic red knobs).  Until I started sanding the top down.  As soon as I got some of the white sanded off, I saw that the top was veneer with LOTS of wood filler : (.  So instead of just sanding and staining, I got to chip all of the old veneer off.  

I have done this before, but this veneer was on there VERY well.  I used chisels and a heat gun to do the job.  It took a LOT of elbow grease to get it all off.  The top under the veneer was definitely not perfect, but I like it that way!!  I debated throwing it off the dock painting the entire thing, but in the end, stuck with it and used a combo of paint and stain.  I used Benjamin Moore "Amsterdam" which is a very pretty dusty blue.  For the stain, I used General Finishes in "Shaker Maple".  I went over the painted parts of the dresser with the stain and then wiped off with a towel.  The entire piece is sealed with a clear poly.



This is a picture of the drawers.. one with just the paint, and one after the stain was applied.



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  1. Sarah, it looks a lot better, all that hard work paid off!

  2. Sarah- looks wonderful! Great job! Stopping over from Debbiedoo's!

  3. Sarah, Beautiful job! I have felt your pain in removing old veneer. Your effort was definitely worth it! Visiting from Debbiedoo's Newbie Party.

  4. Beautiful makeover as always Sarah! Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  5. Wow. That is some dedication taking it back to the real wood. Turned out so pretty. Love the two one finish!

  6. Great work! I love all of the little details. Thanks for Linking up at Show Me What You Got Tuesday's @ ODH

    Mrs. Delightful

  7. She looks so stunning!!! Thanks so much for coming to my Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party.

  8. That is so lovely now! I have never messed with veneer, but I can tell I wouldn't like it! I love your color choice. I'm sure you are glad you did it every time you look at it!

  9. what a transformation!! I bet you love it!!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    Enjoy your beautiful work!

  10. I love the look of the wood stain over the paint. That color is fabulous! Good job. Saw you at Debbiedoo's Newbie Party.


  11. i LOVE it! love the two toned look- it all worked out perfectly!

  12. It is gorgeous now!!! I hate veneer too! Love that combo of wood and paint...beautiful!

  13. Veneer is the worst! Glad you powered through and got a beautiful result! Almost just as bad is particle board furniture which I recently found a cure for:

  14. I am your newest follower! Love your work!

  15. Good job! It looks great. Your hard work paid off :-)

  16. It's beautiful Sarah, in spite of the nasty veneer! And I have almost the very same dresser in my dining room!

  17. Absolutely beautiful results!! Yeah, I hate that veneer too - what an awful job when it's on THAT good!!!

  18. It turned out beautifully! Lol, I definitely have had problems with veneer also, and they never worked out like that.:)

  19. Another beautiful makeover! Do you sell your pieces? I know you do a lot of them, so I'm assuming. What a lot of work to get all the white off! I love seeing the wood and the blue together! Nice job!


  20. Lindo seu trabalho ,ficou muito bom,a cor é linda!!!Parabens!!!