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This allows the manufacturer to create a beautiful piece for less than it would cost for a solid wood piece.
A man-made product (usually plastic) that is actually ‘printed’ to look like it has woodgrain.
If the veneer is in good condition and isn’t chipping… you can sand, prime, and paint like you would any piece of furniture. With a little elbow grease, the veneer came off (one splinter at a time), and then there was a lot of sanding involved to cut down that chunky adhesive.
NOTE: Because wood veneer is actually real wood (and often has a beautiful woodgrain), you CAN stain and varnish it!
While the finish will be just as durable as if it were applied onto wood, laminate furniture by nature, is built more poorly and isn’t as heavy-duty as a solid wood piece.
I know this is a tall order, but if one day you could do a tutorial about how to repair laminate furniture (chips, dents etc) that would be fabulous.
If it is a painted piece or will be painted then I would say you are OK to use filler or Bondo wood putty.
If it isn’t painted and you want it to closely resemble the existing wood you will need to replace sections of veneer. Hello there, I am refinishing an old table top and after sanding off the old stain the veneer has been worn down in quite a few areas revealing spots of particle board.
But when I went to Bunnings today they said the only way I could get the paint to stick with a wood veneer, I would have use a primer as sanding wouldn’t be enough to keep it sticking.
I have cheap builder grade cabinets that I think is veneer and cheap contact like paper on sides by window and on end of cabinets. I would be happy with any other color as long as it is a natural wood color like maple, oak, cherry, pine, etc. Just bought a nice oak dining room table that has bubbles in the veneer where the sun hit directly on the table. We don’t claim to be professionals, but we’ve been around the block with furniture transformations, and are happy to share our knowledge (good and bad) with our readers.
If the veneer is damaged or has chipped off in some places, but isn’t loose and flaky… you can either fill it with wood-putty and sand it smooth, OR you can embrace the character and prime and paint right over it. If the veneer is chippy and loose to an extreme, and the damage is widespread… it’s really best to replace it with a new slab of wood like we did with Dawn’s woodgrain butterfly dresser. However, be careful if you’re using an electric or belt sander, because often the veneer is so thin that aggressive sanding will wear though the veneer quickly.
I have a gorgeous old antique dresser that has a shiny wood veneer on top with a hardwood underneath. But then they said that the primers have white and colours, but when I sand it back to the wood, I don’t want any white to show through. And yet, my OCD is compelling me to share a minor error with your definition of laminate surfacing which, in fact, always contains plastic and is actually not always printed to look like wood grain. If it were us, we would put new veneer on top (you can buy rolls of wood veneer at your home improvement store).
Also, because it’s real wood, it’s important to sand in the same direction as the woodgrain.
All was well when I painted the wood veneer, but things turned sour when I *attempted* to paint the side of the vanity. Not the case, I began sanding off the original finish and relaized what I was seeing underneath was partical board or MDF. If it’s just a few corners here and there, I would just squeeze some wood glue in there and put a clamp on it to fix the veneer curling up.
Laminate is basically PLASTIC that is printed to look like wood, so if you put stain on it, there would be no woodgrain for it to soak into. Sure I could buy a colour of the primer to be close to my acrylic, but I want to do more furniture for a hobby and maybe sell them with different colours and don’t want to have to get a primer as close to that colour each time! If you tear the veneer off the faces of all your cabinets, you might have a bigger project than what you bargained for.
I also began sanding the base of the table which is round hourglass like curves (as if it cam off a pottery wheel) and it seems that all of that may be MDF, no wood at all.
I think you’ll have less work for yourself if you just repair the damaged veneer corners and paint.