How to strip veneer without power tools
You won't believe how easy it is. Now get yourself to a thrift shop pronto.
Thu, Apr 04, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Photo: Gypsy Barn via Hometalk.com
Have you experienced this? You find a table at the thrift store that looks perfect for rehabbing, except there is this one little problem: It's covered in veneer. You don't like stripping veneer off of furniture because it involves lots of fumes, and heat, and masks, and all kinds of nasty stuff. Do you have to pass on that fabulous table? Do you have to leave the thrift without that credenza? No way, not anymore.
Furniture rehabber Gypsy Barn, from Canada, posted her secret to stripping veneer on Hometalk, and people are really excited. Here are her step-by-step instructions for stripping veneer from furniture without toxic fumes, heat or power tools:
1. Soak a towel so that it is dripping wet in vinegar.
2. Cover the veneer with the wet towel.
3. Go out for the night so that you don't have to smell the vinegar.
4. Come home and make sure that the towel is still dripping wet.
5. In the morning, use a putty knife or chisel to scrape off the veneer.
The furniture rehabber who generated this technique says that the veneer comes off "like a hot knife through butter," which is a pretty great endorsement. So now you can have your awesome thrifted furniture, and refinish it too. Sometimes you can have it all.
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