Helpful Hint ~ Removing Veneer

I just discovered an easy way to remove old veneer from furniture when it cannot be saved. My friend, Gail told me about this when I was showing her some furniture that I was working on. Remember this piece that I just purchased at a garage sale and showed you in my Diamonds In The Rough! week 4 feature? (You can check that out HERE)

The top looked like this...

I could not repair this due to the extreme damage. Gail said, "Just use your heat gun!"

So, with my trusty heat gun and a putty knife, I was able to remove the veneer in about 20 minutes, even the parts that were really stuck on well! Removing veneer had never been so easy before.

I just thought that those of you, who love to fix up old tired pieces of furniture like I do, would appreciate knowing this handy hint. Thanks Gail.

Now I bet you can't wait to see the finished project...just give me a week and I should have it done to show you the reveal!

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  1. Thanks for the great tip!

  2. Thanks that is good to know. I thought furniture was hopeless w/ that problem.

  3. What a great tip thank you so much.have a great week. take care.

  4. Wow i never knew you could do that and remove it. I really can't wait to see it, dee x

  5. Great tip! This should save alot of frustation and time.

  6. Hi Terry, Thanks so much for stopping by! So nice to meet you. This is a great tip on removing veneer! Now I want to look for an old piece of furniture to try it on!

  7. Great tip! I have some old end tables and dresser with veneer and I've been trying to decide how to remove the veneer - now I know! Thanks for visiting my blog :)

  8. Thank you for information ..I have an old desk with peeling top!

  9. I had never heard of using the heat gun to remove veneer! Thanks for the heads up!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  10. Thanks for sharing! We have a heat gun for t-shirt screen printing!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  11. Good to know, thanks so much for sharing! I have a piece in my garage that I have't done anything with because of this!

  12. Oh thanks for that great tip. i have a piece sitting in my home I haven't touched because I was regretting the task of dealing with the damaged veneer. soooo grateful. can't wait to see the finished piece.

  13. Hey Terry
    Great tip!!

    Do you think it will work on this??


    I got a comment for a follower to try and glue it down, but I think there's to much damage!!
    What to you think?

    Blog on,

  14. What a great tip and great timing for me. I have some projects I need to start.
    I found you from the link party.
    Renee@ reneeschirpings.blogspot.com

  15. Gosh, I could have used that hint last year. I'll remember it for next time. Thanks for the hint.

  16. Gail, this is a useful tip. Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.


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