While wood in its natural state can provide breathtaking beauty, it doesn’t always match the other colors or wood tones in our home. Get a piece of mahogany veneer and cut an appropriate patch, then glue it in place. My clumsy, left handed attempt at removing it with tweezers led to breaking the brittle wood off. You should practice first on scrap wood to determine where this point is for you. Random-orbit sanders are more efficient than vibrator sanders, but they still leave cross-grain marks in the wood.
If you’re set on this idea, I would start on a cabinet door that’s in an inconspicuous place in your kitchen and carefully start pulling back the veneer to see how easily it comes off and what kind of surface is underneath. Once things were sanded down with both 80 grit and 200 grit sandpaper (with the grain of the wood) it was time to wipe everything down with a moist rag once again, this time to remove all that sanding dust. The scratching that does occur is then more likely to be disguised by the grain of the wood. With solid wood cabinets (or a thick veneer), using a sander is a faster option.
When the table was repaired (joints glued and tightened up, and veneer repaired, drop leaf hinges replaced) the company that did the repair used putty to fill in a couple of deep chips in the veneer. You can finish-sand both of these surfaces with #180 grit, for example, but you might begin with #80 grit on the solid wood and #120 grit on the plywood. When I restore a radio cabinet, where possible, I keep the original veneer intact. For this post, I chose my go-to route for repairing missing and damaged veneer on a bed and a chest. Next we let the thin and even coat of stain sit on every surface that we applied it to for twenty full minutes.
I bought a great used round pedestal table with the intent of refinishing it. It weighed a ton and the guy I bought it from said it had originally cost $2000…..so Iassumed it was solid wood. Allow each coat to dry completely, and add as many thin layers of stain as you need in one color to get a good match for the veneer before moving on to the next color. Problem: You sanded away some face veneer on a large, expensive piece of plywood after you had glued up everything. I have sanded to clear wood but cannot sand any further or I will go through the veneer. So you can either choose to call it rustic and live with it or replace that portion if the veneer.
We also tend to prefer liquid stain (like the one we chose above) over gel stain because we have more experience working with it, but we’ve heard that gel stain can also be amazing- especially for items that can’t be thoroughly sanded or those on a vertical plane (like wood trim) since the liquid stain can be too runny and messy. More expensive per square foot than raw wood veneer but the convenience factor is especially high if you need a large sheet. Just bought a nice oak dining room table that has bubbles in the veneer where the sun hit directly on the table.
Dampening the surface by spraying a light mist of clean water onto the surface will reduce the absorbency of the lambswool deck pad can also be used to apply the Resene Colorwood stain and is ideal for flooring. To darken the color, apply additional coats of Minwax® Gel Stain repeating directions for application of first coat. You just apply the wood filler to the places that need repair – I used a little rubber spatula made for caulk or wood filler. Start the staining process by preparing the surface with sanding by hand or with a power sander, or by scraping or planing.
Let the wood dry and then seal the entire surface with three coats of polyurethane. I think they have tried to remove the paint with white spirt as the marks left are white smears. I didn’t think that primer by itself was going to work as many people said the wood still bled through primer. Since you’re going for a shabby rugged look with the edges sanded down to the wood, I would just be sure to really rough up the wood thoroughly before applying paint since you’re skipping the priming step.
An example of this is that some trees, such as teak and rosewood, have more natural oil in them than other woods such as oak or hickory. Finally, that tiny amount of veneer poking out will eventually get caught on everything that dares brush by it! Semi-paste or paste strippers are good for veneer because they are gentle on the wood and easy to control, especially with vertical cabinet frames.
Please note that once a polyurethane sealer has dried the wood surface is sealed and will not absorb any more stain. Brush on a wood conditioning product if your veneer is a soft or porous wood such as pine. Please READ this very carefully – if you are going from a knob with two holes to one with a single hole, don’t do it. The putty was still visible after staining. I get most of the cabinets I use from They have really low pricing, and provide a product that’s better than Lowe’s or Depot, which are normally the next cheapest alternative.
Now the floor looks terrible with white dust inbetween all the strains in the wood where it was brushed. Lumber grade is a mathematical computation of the amount of clear wood in a board – so says the National Hardwood Lumber Association, the organization responsible for defining the rules of the lumber trade. If you are going to re-stain, use a stripper (I use SoyGel because it’s all natural and rinses with water).
I was thinking of an orange shellac with a polyurethane coat for water protection. If you sand these woods too smooth they will have difficulty absorbing the stain. Your best bet is to stain a small test” patch on the piece and have mineral spirits and a clean rag handy to wipe it off if you don’t like the color. Veneer products are warranted to be free from defects in workmanship and material upon delivery.
Ink stains that have penetrated the finish, like black water spots, cannot be removed without refinishing. Many manufacturers believe that the Oils will have an effect on the adhesion of the veneer. The veneer should overlap by about 2-1/2-in and fit perfectly between the paint can handle sockets. I think the thickness of the stain (the gel factor) made it really hard to make the coverage even. I am updating my master bath and also decided to use the gel stain on the cabinets.