January 17, 2012

Veneer O how I despise thee

This beat up desk was sitting in a field in front of a house and I just had to rescue it.  At some point in its life I think it was a vanity with a mirror attached.  One thing I knew for sure was that the veneer on top had to go!!!
Removing veneer is a pain and I just recently discover ( a little too late) that I could heat it up with an iron first.  Needless to say I had my hammer and scraper, it took a lot of time and elbow grease to get it off  but I think it was worth it.

Before


After







The color I used was atmospheric by Behr and I used antiquing glaze to add some dark contrast. 

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36 comments:

  1. holy cow what a difference!!! it looks amazing and i LOOOVE that color! love it! :)

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  2. She's adorable!!!

    I haven't tried removing veneer yet (I just mod podge sheet music over it--I know, I cheat), but I've heard of the iron trick and will try it too! :)

    Smiles, from my Dashboard,
    Suzanne in NW Illinois

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  3. Oh my goodness!! This is gorgeous!!! Love the work you did here! Thanks ,Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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  4. I peeled veneer for the first time this past summer - and it WAS a pain, but soooo worth the elbow grease! Your table turned out incredibly beautiful! The painting technique and glazing you did is just beyond perfection! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  5. You'd never even know it was the same table!! Love it!

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  6. Very Pretty! Love that you weren't afraid of veneer demo! Go GIRL!

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  7. Wow what a great job, I love it..you are my *neighbor* at Kim's party so I spied this beautiful piece and just had to take a closer look, awesome job

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  8. It's beautiful, and I love the color. Thanks for the tip on dealing with veneer, I have a project ahead of me!

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  9. Your hard work paid off...it looks stunning!! Hop over and show it off at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  10. Love the color. Beautiful work!!

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  11. You gave this desk a new and privileged life. Way to go...It doesn't even look like the same piece.

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  12. You're right, it was totally worth the effort. I've had my fair share of veneer peeling, it's such a pain. But all worth it in the end. The piece looks great!

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  13. this is just gorgeous. Never would have guessed the 'before' if I'd only seen the after! :) I really love the pulls you used. Were they part of your stash or did you get them somewhere? perfect choice!

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  14. Emily!! This is absolutely gorgeous! I can't believe it could look that beautiful under all that veneer!

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  15. I had to do a double take!
    What a beauty she turned out to be..
    Happy Wednesday and hugs from Savannah, Cherry

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  16. Oh wow! What an amazing rescue!! GOod for you - it's stunning!

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  17. I have a serious thing against veneer myself! I just finished a buffet and found that using my hair dryer helped (a little!) Anyway, love the unique pulls and the outcome! Found you from Primitive and Proper. New follower! - Lori

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  18. It looks great, love the little handles as well.

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  19. The transformation of this table/desk is fabulous. Love the color, the finish, the distressing. Love, love, love it!!
    Your newest follower, Mary Alice

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  20. You saved the desk and turned it into a treasure.

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  21. Its so beautiful, love that color

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  22. In a field??? Oh my, that's after my heart, and would have done the same thing! Except, I tried to rescue a beautiful desk, only to discover bugs crawling in the drawer. I ran..

    Gorgeous paint treatment, with much agreement that the veneer removal brought it into spectacular.

    Enjoy..or is this for sale?

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  23. WOW...I love this transformation!! Veneer is a bad word to me:-( You did a great job. Just became a new follower, Julie

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  24. Haa.. Haa.. I laughed when reading your frustration with veneer (not because I'm cruel) seriously! Please stop by my new blog and check out the post on the buffet... It is a kindred to your table! I love how it turned out! Great size... - Susan

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  25. Great work on this piece! It is gorgeous now. I haven't tackled veneer yet because I'm a big chicken, but you have really inspired me to try.

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  26. Wow! It came up a treat. Thank you so much for sharing. What a beautiful space you have created my very first visit here I will follow on my way out so I know my path back here. Perhaps you will find the time to come visit me soon and do the same. I look forward to engaging more throughout the year and beyond. Take care. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  27. What a lovely job and beautiful color! Thank you for sharing this wonderful post at Potpourri Friday!

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  28. LOVE THIS PIECE THE PULLS ARE GORGEOUS, ID LOVE TO FEATURE YOU AGAIN, IF THATS OK LET ME KNOW
    LAUREN

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  29. What a great transformation! I can't believe it is the same piece of furniture.

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  30. I love it- the color is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing a Feathered Nest Friday!

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  31. That was a huge save....and worth the effort. It is gorgeous! The color is amazing! Oh, I despise veneer (and sadly realize I have a lot of it hanging around here!). Featuring this beauty on Tickled Pink!

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  32. How beautiful! I was going to ask what color you used as I love that color. Congrats on being featured on Holly's blog.

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  33. love it and I have done some,ASCP does a great job of covering up smaller props....have done decopage.I have a wardrobe and I am thinking strip this time....I'n with u on the greay wish rest of Texas could ge ton the wagon.Everthing can't be white

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