Before & After: A Vintage Veneer Rescue

published Nov 10, 2014
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Steph was in the market for a little record cabinet and found this veneered chipboard ‘60s cabinet. The varnish was shot — scratched, faded, and bubbling where it had been left in the rain — and the veneer had chipped off in a couple places. Never fear! Handy Steph worked her magic and performed a wood resuscitation.

(Image credit: Steph)

From Steph:

I replaced the broken veneer with pieces of new blackwood veneer, sanded off the old finish, and gave the cabinet a varnish all over. The legs were in good condition, so I just gave them a coat of furniture polish. Sanding back the shell and doors also took off the old orangey stain, and I didn’t bother re-staining them since the veneer has enough colour and interest.

Once the cabinet shell was fixed up, my goal was to turn it into a tidy little media centre for our turntable, with one cord coming out the back and the rest of them tucked neatly inside. Another shelf became a USB charging station, with those cords threaded through. The left-hand side of the cabinet holds LPs. I’m pretty happy with how it looks and functions.