Before & After: Rescuing a Damaged Veneer Table

published Mar 16, 2012
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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Katie picked up this bruised and battered table from her favorite thrift store for the unbelievable price of $16.91. Despite the peeling veneer and the damaged finish, Katie knew this table was solidly built and had a lot of life left in it.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

With no way to fix the damaged veneer on the edge, Katie was forced to remove it using a damp cloth and a hot iron. She then used lacquer remover and sanding to take off the finish and the gold foil design on the top. Katie applied a dark stain and a dark wax to finish the top, really highlighting the burlwood pattern. Finally she painted the base a soft minty green and distressed it slightly before reattaching the original hardware.

Images: Katie Swafford/Foxglove Design