Before, During, No After — Steamy Hot Fun With a Curbside Find

by Katy on September 27, 2012 · 13 comments

You know I like a project. So when an antique drop-leaf table presented itself by way of a neighbor’s free pile, I knew it had to come home with me. The veneer tabletop was ravaged beyond repair, but that, my dear readers did not matter.

Here, see for yourself:

And check out the gams on this sweet lady, va-va-va-voom!

Maybe I should introduce the neighbors to my friend “Coaster,” she’s a practical gal. Plus, she can handle her drinks.

So I did an internet search on how to remove veneer, and found instructions to lay a wet towel over the wood and then iron it. The whole ironing-a-wet-towel turned into some steamy hot fun, better than 50 Shades of Grey for this crafty blogger.

The veneer is now all scraped off, and the table table is ready for phase two. My plan is to paint the tabletop with a bold graphic pattern that I’ll keep secret until the big reveal.

It’s going to be one sexy little steamed up table.

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Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Megg September 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

I’m excited to see how this turns out, as we have an old cedar chest from my husband’s grandmother. Unfortunately it has veneer on the top too, and it’s coming off a bit. I love the chest but haven’t figured out what to do with it yet! So I’m excited to see how this works 🙂


That Other Jean September 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

If you, or someone else contemplating a similar project, didn’t want to go the painted tabletop route, replacement wood veneers are available. Some of them are even peel-and-stick, like tile.


Katy September 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Nope, I’m going the paint route. I already own all the supplies I need, plus it’s fun to have some humor and color.



Pollyanna September 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

So glad you are going to bring this piece back to a beautiful life that it deserves… too pretty to end up in landfill, for sure!


jennifer@little blog in the big woods September 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I’m guessing Union Jack?!?


Katy September 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Shh . . .



jennifer@little blog in the big woods September 28, 2012 at 6:00 am



Economies of Kale September 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I’m excited to see how this turns out – I love salvaging free stuff on the street 🙂

Love your blog too by the way, and have only just found it so will have to go back and read through the archives 🙂


Dianna September 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve Katy!


Lois September 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I can’t wait to see the table when you are done. Restoring found pieces of wood furniture is one of my hobbies and I have two found end tables with marble insets that I am working on right now that have veneer on them.


chris September 28, 2012 at 6:40 am

Rescued a similar condition dresser (was held together with duct tape!) Wood glue, dark stain, holds gift wrap, tablecloths and a cute lamp. Love rescue furniture!


Diane September 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

My thoughts when I see furniture plucked from free pile…bed bugs. I know I am paranoid, but then! Spritz it in the joints with rubbing alcohol, then when dry wash thoroughly with hot water.


PigPennies September 29, 2012 at 7:27 am

I can’t wait to see how this turns out. I’ve never done a project like this, but want to tackle my dining room table. I bought it at an estate sale, and everyone hates it, but all I see is potential in the spindly teak chairs and legs. The leaf top, however, is Formica. Is this the same concept as veneer? I’d love to get rid of it (it’s the part everyone hates) and refinish it with wood veneer, but I’ve been too scared so far…


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