In yesterdays post I showed you how I transformed this chest. Today I’m going to show you how I removed the veneer that covered the top and stained it.
As you can see in the photo above the veneer was all there and in decent shape. I debated just re-gluing and clamping it back down but once I lifted the top a bit and saw the beautiful strips of wood underneath I felt like I needed to uncover them.
I’ve heard people say that you can use an iron to heat and steam veneer off but I had never tried it.
Well friends let me just tell you IT WORKS!
I used my iron, a cloth and lots of water and steamed and steamed and eventually got all of the veneer off.
I was so happy to see this beautiful wood underneath. It’s amazing what a little hard work can reveal!
Initially I was just going to use the General Finishes Java stain for the entire top. But after I started applying it I decided that it was a little too dark. So I improvised like I always do ;0) and……
did this. Doesn’t that look nice?!?!? No seriously just stay with me friends.
After rubbing random areas down with the Java stain I went back over the entire surface with Minwax Golden Pecan and evened it out some.
The end result is EXACTLY what I had hoped for. It’s so vintage farmhouse looking!!!! #LURVE
I’m definitely going to use these techniques again. In fact I’m working on a trestle base farm table right now that’s going to get this very same treatment.
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