Mid Century Veneer Repair


I found this Lane end table alone, abandoned in a thrift store.  Marked down to $1.00 and still nobody wanted it.  After looking it over it wasn’t hard to see why.  There was a bad burn in the top about the size of a quarter.


It was completely charred.  Crispy like so much burnt breakfast toast.  It was clear that I would be the one to rescue it from the thrift store and give it a new life.  The repair method I chose was to use a decorative walnut veneer patch.  I didn’t make any attempt to match the new veneer to the old and instead wanted the veneer patch to be obvious, similar to a dutchman joint.


Here’s the end result.  I’d say it was worth the work.  Another piece saved from the landfill.

I made a short video documenting the process.  Check it out below.  Thanks for watching!




Broyhill Saga Restoration Pt. 2

Saga after stripping. Note the lighter contrasting wood on the legs.

When we last left the Broyhill Saga I had just stripped off the old finish. Now the fun part begins. The challenge for this piece was to match the new finish with the original finish on the doors. I didn’t strip the doors because I was trying to preserve the vertical stripes that were painted on them.

Snapshot 2 (12-19-2015 12-14 AM)
Applying General Finishes Candlelite gel stain

I decided to use General Finishes gel stain in Candlelite for the first coat. I let that dry overnight and then applied a coat of General Finishes gel stain in Antique Walnut. The Candlelite provides a nice warm reddish tone while the Antique Walnut added a touch of deep brown to bring it closer to the finish on the doors.  The new color looked great but the original finish on the doors was still quite a bit darker. In an attempt to lighten the color of the doors I took some fine steel wool and mineral spirits and rubbed the finish.  This removed enough of the finish to lighten the color but still left the vertical stripes intact. I topped the doors off with some Candlelite gel stain to bring their tone closer to the rest of the piece.

The top of the dresser after staining

Once the stain was dry it was ready for the topcoat. I topped it off with some Deft satin lacquer and called it done.  Lookin’ good!


Thanks for following along and stay tuned for more refinishing adventures.