If you fill in the veneer with wood putty, it is easier and works better if you color it first with either a tube of oil paint, or even acrylic...or else color it with whatever will match the best. It will not be perfect when dried, but you will not have to work as hard afterwards to color it.
I purchased in 1970 a treadle machine cabinet...the old Singer oak and wrought iron. The cabinet had been worked over a little bit...the veneer glued down and then the wood putty. But it is not noticeable all that much, and it has held up for over 40 years. Jut make sure you sand it down very smoothe and flush. You will like it.
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did you ever think of tile . either ceramic or regular tile . that makes a neat and clean lines . so worry about rough wood . it will be lovely when you get it done . post a picture so we all can see your work and then tell you how beautiful it is . you go girl friend .
So I have my childhood dresser, which is nothing much to look at. It has veneer that is peeling off, and looking at the price of veneer, I was pretty shocked. I'm going to paint it, not refinish it, so maybe there is something else I can try? It's solid wood with a maple finish, and of course, the wood under the veneer is rough cut.
I don't need an entire sheet of veneer. I'm going for the cottage look. I'm replacing the old Early American drawer pulls and knobs with something a little more cottage-like as well, but don't know what yet.
Any suggestions on how to fix the current veneer without replacing it? I was thinking maybe glue the loose pieces back down and fill what's missing with wood putty, then sand smooth. That would probably be about $10 overall.
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