Fix Chipped Veneer The Easy Way

Veneer on furniture… It’s a love/hate relationship.

When it is done correctly it can be beautiful,

when it’s chipping or peeling it becomes ugly and unattractive.

That’s when a decision must be made…

Do I pitch it? 

Throw it in the next bonfire? 

Pull out hairs on my head trying to figure out how to fix it?

I am here to tell you… It can be fixed, and trust me,

you don’t want to pull those grey hairs out

we all know what happens when they are pulled. 

(I guess I am speaking for myself here).

This is an easy solution for furniture that is going to be painted.

Let me show you how to

Fix Chipped Veneer the Easy Way.

Here is the little beauty that I started with…

Chipped Veneer FixI found her at Goodwill and saw a few pass her by after looking at peeling veneer on top and chipped veneer on the drawers.

As they looked and passed her by,

I swarmed around like a hawk waiting for it’s prey.

They looked at this…

Chipped Veneer Solution

and that was the deal-breaker.

That’s when I dove in…

and grabbed that Goodwill pricetag before the next person could.

Fixing Chipped Veneer

I knew this was an easy fix.

Here’s what you will need…

Materials:

Automotive Body Filler

Tape

Disposable utensil and plate

Bondo Spreader or Metal Scraper

Protective Gear (Latex Gloves, Goggles, Ventilator Mask)

Let me show you how it’s done…

Start by taping around the area that needs a defined edge.

Fixing Chipped Veneer

Prepare the Automotive Body Filler.

Body Filler Fix Chipped Veneer

This can contains filler or putty and a hardening agent.

Place a generous amount of filler on a disposable plate.

Fixing Chipped Veneer

Next add a small amount of hardener

Fix Chipped Veneer

and stir…

Fixing Chipped Veneer

This is where you have to move FAST!

Why?

The hardening agent is bonding and hardens quickly!

Once it is blended completely,

add a generous amount to the surface with the damage.

Chipped Veneer Fix

Quickly thin out the body filler with a Bondo Spreader or Metal Scraper.

 Fixing Chipped Veneer

 Once thinned and scraped the piece should look something like this.

Veneer Chips FixedNow it should be hard to touch and it is safe to remove the tape.

Once removed, skim around the perimeter to remove any

dried putty hanging over the edge.

Fixing Chipped VeneerThis will create a straight edge.

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Now it’s time to sand down the putty to create a hard, smooth surface.

Fixing Chipped Veneer

That’s it!

Here is the finished drawer.

Fixing Chipped Veneer

Now it is ready to be cleaned up, primed, and painted.

Check back to see this little gem become beautiful again.

The rain has kept me from finishing this piece,

but I will share with you as soon as it is complete.

Have you experienced the chipped veneer dilemma?

Did you fix it or throw in the towel?

Enjoy!

Angie

 

 

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  1. Thanks for the instructions. I have passed up pieces like that in the past. Now I’ll look at them as a bargain!

    • Angie says:

      You are welcome, Mary. Definitely do not pass them up. They are a bargain and a quick fix! I look forward to sharing the end result with you. :-)

  2. I actually scored some end tables at a yard sale that had tops that were just like but a lot worse. I was able to remove the top to the one table because it was so bad. They turned out great. I posted them on my blog http://www.mycreativedays.com (I am having a hard time pasting the link here). I am so happy I read this post because sometimes pieces aren’t so bad so this is perfect. Thanks for the tip! I will definitely use this on future projects!

    • Angie says:

      I am looking forward to seeing what you did with your tables, Lindsay. Also, let me know if you try this out on future projects, I would love to see! :-)

  3. Angie, great meeting you at Haven! This is an excellent post! I’d love to share it on my FB :) I’ll be bookmarking this for sure! :) Don’t you just love the stuff that people walk by at the thrift store? OH YEAH!

    Serena @ Thrift Diving

    • Angie says:

      Hey Serena! I am missing everyone from Haven. I am glad we can all still connect in Blogland. I would love for you to share on FB – thank you! I DO love when peeps walk on by… especially if I WANT IT! Ha! :-)

  4. So glad you posted this! I am about to work on repairing some veneer on a dresser too. Didn’t know it was so easy with bondo.

    Now, what if I want to stain the piece instead of paint it? Do they make stainable bondo and have you tried it? Does it work well?

    • If you aren’t going to paint, you may want to try wood filler or 3M is coming out with Bondo/filler that can be stained. I learned that at Haven. I haven’t tried it, but I bet it would work great. I would probably test it in a small area first. :-)

  5. Angie! I have several pieces with chipped veneer and this post totally ROCKS (as does your GOODWILL GOLD). THANK YOU! I love your site and would so LOVE to catch up with you in person. I STILL have this little pendant I made for you! :0)

  6. This looks too complicated, have you ever tried Quick wood/Kwik wood?
    You can get it in different shades to match wood and can be stained instead of only painting. It can be found pretty much any hardware/woodworking store.
    Joy

    • Angie says:

      Thanks Joy! I haven’t tried the product you are suggesting… good to know. This process was really not complicated at all and I chose it to give a rock, hard, and solid surface. It needed to be indestructible being that it was the side of a drawer and would be opened and closed several times a week. This piece is going to be painted so I thought this was the best choice. Thank goodness for us DIY’ers, we have lots of options and products to choose from. :-)

      • The product can be found by both names, it is VERY durable! It’s a 2 part epoxy putty that you basically mash together and form to the area, great especially for filling old knob holes! I use it all the time!

        Found your blog through pinterest, love your stuff and tips and tricks! I re-claim furniture as well, you can find me on fb at Re-Claimed by Joy! :)

        • Angie says:

          Perfect, Joy! I will have to try it. I am so glad you found my site and I am headed over to check out your FB page. Thanks!

  7. Wow! I’m looking forward to seeing the finished piece. (I thought you would have had to remove the veneer so I love that you were able to easily fix it.)

  8. I cannot believe anyone would ever prime and paint a piece so beautiful just because they wanted to make a repair incorrectly. At least one person advised using an epoxy wood filler which can be textured and stained to be a close match to the beautiful wood finish and it will be a far more attractive and valuable item whichever appeals to you than ANY paint job. The trend of painting good furniture has to stop. There’s a place for it but good furniture that is refinishable isn’t nor ever has been that place. So looking forward to the end of the milk paint chalk paint furniture ruining fad.

    • Angie says:

      JB, this is a love it or hate it thing. Wood is beautiful and I have several wood pieces in my home. Painting furniture is an individual’s decision. Some people like painted furniture just as much as a wood piece. It depends on the interior and the person that gets to live with it. With that said, someone’s trash was turned into a treasure in my home. The room that it was going into called for a painted piece, it’s just the vision I saw. Painting furniture, in my opinion, creates a piece of art. This was a piece that could have filled a landfill, instead it’s in my home and we are enjoying it. :-)

  9. Did you ever post the finished piece? I can’t find another post.

    • Oh my goodness Rose! I never did! After reading your question, I looked through all of my pictures and don’t have one that shows the finished piece. Be on the lookout for it as I will post about it this week. Thanks so much for letting me know. So sorry about that. ;-)

  10. JustMe says:

    Why no just use wood filler?? I use it all the time…no mixing, no rush applying it, and same end result. I’ve even repaired large chunks of missing corners on drawer tops! You only need about an hour for dry time for what you’ve done here, but a few days for large thick repairs. Just apply, shape it, leave drying a few days, and sand it to define shape. It’s tough and solid once completely dry and painted.

    I’m curious as to why you used the auto puddy stuff. Am I missing something?

    Thanks ;)

    • Angie says:

      Nope, you aren’t missing anything. This is what I used for a big gouge in a previous piece and also reconstructing a leg on a chair. It was super durable and worked great, so I used it for this project as well. It is seriously hard as a rock. I bet wood filler works the same, this is what I had on hand at the time and knew I wasn’t going to stain it. ;-)

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