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Before & After: A Broken Chair Gets Refurbished and Rejuvenated

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It is far too often that I see pieces of furniture thrown onto the curb, still fully functional with just a few nicks, bruises and scuffs here and there. If there is anything that we have lost as a global culture, it is the desire and the skill to repair—to salvage and enhance rather than toss. Today’s delightful before and after, sent to us by France-based reader Charlene Lamy, takes a household problem that many face—cracked and chipping veneer on furniture—and provides an easy and beautiful way to repair and upgrade the piece. After a quick and affordable fix, Charlene’s midcentury chairs are just like new, proving that a little bit of work can have a big payoff! Check out the rest of the photos, plus Charlene’s design notes after the jump! —Max

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“I couldn’t find any chair style that I really liked for months,” Charlene notes. “Actually—yes, but the options were outrageously expensive for my budget! I recently found five beautiful, but very damaged Baumann style chairs at a very low price ($10 each, I was lucky). I was looking for a Scandinavian-style chair to match with this amazing sideboard (that I want to buy one day!), so I bought them without any hesitation!”

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“The hardest part of the work was to remove the old veneer because, on some areas of the chair, it wasn’t easy. But after, the re-veneering wasn’t so difficult! I removed the first layer of veneer with a wood chisel. To make it easier, I used a damp cloth with iron to soak the wood. I then cut the veneer roll for each part of the chair (scissors or cutter are fine). I used a rolling pin to spread it better and clamps for the edges (avoid clamp marks with protection!). I waited an hour for the glue to dry, then I cut any protruding edges with scissors. For a better finish, I sanded the edges with coarse sandpaper and the whole new veneer with fine-grain sand paper. Then, I painted the back panel in a white color, the seat in greyish-green with a part of the wood visible, and I left the front panel and legs natural with just satin varnish.”

Tip: For recovering the 3 old and rusty back panel screws,  I put them in a lemon juice and salt mixture.

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15 Comments

Magpie

amazing re-do! I would never have thought of this.

Molly

Wow that is super cool! I didn’t know veneer was so approachable! hehe

Annie

Wow, such a great job! I just bought an old waterfall nightstand with damaged veneer on the top. I was going to just live with it, but now I want to try replacing it.

Maryann

I love to see such a great old chair salvaged. It really does have wonderful lines and the fresh modern look really gave it a new life! Can’t wait to try veneer.

Joni

I think this is one of the best makeovers ever! Thanks for posting. Love it.

Sue

From only fit for the tip to Tip-Top – I admire the quality of your work and patience removing all the old veneer – the finished chair is just lovely.

caroline

just beautiful. what type of paint did you use… how did you prep the veneer??

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