My biggest project yet. And the weirdest method of veneer removal I’ve ever seen.
A local man was giving this table away for free and the ad stated “it could do with some work”. I don’t know what I was more worried for, the “work” it needed or fitting it into the car. Once I got it home, I realised there was a much more sinister thing to fear. A huge spider carrying a sack of baby spiders 😧
Im still traumatised by the spider and wonder if it had laid babies behind my sofa. I’m also traumatised by trying to remove the dark and dated veneer. It took a long time for me to realise how to remove veneer, read on for the best technique ever!
At first I tried sanding with my electric sander my mom got me for my birthday but then I realised it was in fact veneer that I was sanding and I ended up with an uneven mess of light and dark veneer. I also tried paint removing paint but that just smelt funny and added to the mess.
Then I found it. Well, my mom found it. She was round visiting and helping me through the pain of removing veneer from a spider-infested table and found a tip online to iron the veneer off. Ironing!
It worked a treat! I soaked an old towel in water then ironed it on top of the table. Then I just scraped the layer of veneer off! It was that simple! I wish I’d videod the peeling of the veneer because it was so satisfying to do. Like stripping wallpaper.
Then all I had to do was paint the sides in Rustoleum Vintage White (several coats including an upside down coat on the underside of the table top) and varnish the top. And, of course, Hoover the inside for fear of more giant, pregnant spiders.
I can’t wait for my next veneered table to peel. And if you end up peeling veneer, please film it and tag me on my Instagram so I can relive the joy! @upcyclednottingham