Unfortunately, I left her outside for a couple of days and she got rained on while I was at work. You know what that means -- the veneer started pulling up from the drawers and the top.
Removing veneer is new territory for me. After a bit of Googling, I found two methods and I decided to test them both in hopes of finding the easiest.
The first method is described as the easiest.
- Soak an old towel in water and place it over the furniture you're hoping to remove veneer from.
- Let it sit for at least an hour to loosen the veneer from the drawer.
- Use a putty knife or chisel to peel veneer away from furniture.
This method did not have the best results for me. I let my two drawers sit for two hours hoping the veneer would pull away but to no avail.
As you can see from the pictures above the edges pulled away easy enough but the middle of the drawer still needed a lot of work. On to the second method.
Here's what you'll need:
- iron (set to steam)
- putty knife
- measuring cup of water for iron
- bowl of water
- old wash cloth
Wet the wash cloth and lay over the veneer folded in half, working in small sections.
Lay the iron over the wash cloth and let sit for about a minute. Remove the wash cloth from the section carefully. It will stick to the bottom of the iron, so be careful.
Place your putty knife at the edge of the moistened section at a slight angle. Ease the knife under the laminate, driving it in a forward motion.
And here's the pile of laminate. You can see from the width of the strips about how much I was able to get off at a time.
I found this process to be much easier and faster than the first method. Let me know if you have any questions. I'm still working on removing veneer from the rest of the dresser. This is the first time I've ever done anything like this before, so let me know if you have any tips or advice. I look forward to hearing from you. Until next time!