I was working on this night-table and I wanted to stain the top and paint the bottom.
Apparently Walt and I (aka DeWalt) were a little too zealous and we sanded through the veneer exposing the MDF at the edge of the table.
Staying calm and carrying on… (in my case I believe this is called being-in-denial), I went ahead and stained the top anyway. I was hoping the stain would miraculously cover my mistake but no such luck.
Not the best pic but I hope you can see the exposed MDF prior to staining.
Admitting my defeat, I came upstairs to my office and Googled how to fix this sand-through.
Here were my options~
- Find A Really Good Re-Finisher
- ‘Draw’ the Grain Back on with Artist Color Pencils
- Conceal with Artist Oils, Graining Pens or Furniture Markers
- Camouflage with Tinted Shellac
- Re-Veneer the Entire Top
- ‘Patch’ Veneer the Sand-Through Area
- Tile the Top
- Decoupage The Top
- Just Paint Over It
[box] Older pieces of furniture have a standard veneer that is approximately 1/16″ to 1/20″ thick. Today’s veneers can be as thin as 1/28″ to 1/40″. The specialty Maple, Oak, Walnut, Cherry, and Mahogany veneers can still be purchased in thicker sheets which is what M-M-M uses.[/box]
I opted for the quickest and easiest option which was to paint over my mistake. It’s not at all what I envisioned for this night-table but it turned out super cute!
I’ve sanded furniture like this before so I know veneers can take a moderate amount of sanding. But after today, I’ll definitely make an effort to be more careful.
Have you ever sanded through veneer? If so, did you paint over it or use another method to fix it up?
Looking forward to hearing your take.