No More Chipped Veneer – The After




Do you remember this piece?

Chipped Veneer Fix

It was in rough shape.  I fixed the veneer and shared that with you, but a reader reminded me I never shared the “after”. Thanks, Rose, for bringing it to my attention. After shuffling through my photos I realized prepping for a cross country move really got me scatter-brained. 

I left out the best part… the after

It’s like watching a movie and never getting a chance to see the end.  What a spoiler…

So… I definitely do not want to disappoint.

Drum Roll please….

And… Here… Is… The… After…

Slipcovered grey

Now, you have to keep in mind my youngest son is colorful,

always smiling and cracking a joke. 

Always making us laugh.

He needed a piece in his room that reflected his personality. 

Something vintage, yet modern and fun. 

Black and white seemed to be the perfect combination. 

(His room never really was complete the way I envisioned,

but we made it work for selling our home).

Kid Bedroom Slipcovered Grey

You can see the chest of drawers to the right of the bed.

Now, to back up, I’ll show you what I did to get there.

***First, I fixed the chipped veneer…  see how here.

Fixing Chipped Veneer

I had a few comments about why I would paint such a lovely piece of wood.  The pictures make this piece look amazing compared to what it actually was… trust me

For example, here’s a glimpse of the damage to the top. 


Chipped Veneer Fix

AND, let’s face it, sometimes a piece just begs for paint or the trash. 

I prefer paint over trash any day, don’t you?

***Second, Using RYOBI’s  Corner Cat, I sanded every nook and cranny.

RYOBI Sander

Slipcovered grey

***Then, after everything was sanded, I cleaned the piece thoroughly – Vacuuming and wiping it free of dust.

Chipped Veneer Fixed After

***Kilz Primer was applied using a paint sprayer for good paint adhesion.

Here’s a tip…

When painting drawer pulls, use Styrofoam to hold them up. 

This way you can paint the whole knob.

Chipped Veneer After

Painting the drawers caused me a bit of headache with bleed-through.

chipped veneer

You can see it very faintly, but with every primer coat it kept coming back.

This is so aggravating, but I have another tip that worked for me.

Once dry,

I used Kilz Primer Sealer Stain Killer and that seemed to take care of the bleed-through.


No more bleed-through.

Now it was ready for paint.

I chose

Sherwin Williams Resilience Exterior Acrylic Latex in Extra White for the drawers

and Tricorn Black for the body and drawer pulls – Both in a Gloss finish.

I also used a paint sprayer to apply the paint.

Here it is…

In a room – not in the trash!

finished dresser

Can you tell where the chipped veneer was?

Nope, neither can I.

Here’s a closer look…

fixed chipped veneer on dresser

Do you have any pieces with chipped veneer? 

If you are going to paint a piece,

this worked great for me and I hope it works for you too!

before and after veneer


Every. Single. Moment.


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  1. How does the latex paint hold up to daily use. Most contain very soft polymers these days due to VOC regulations. I worry painting with latex won’t result in a durable finish.

    1. Hi Carol, So far this piece has held up great! I always put a top coat of wax (and sometimes polyurethane) to give a durable finish – this seems to help as well. 🙂

  2. Did you fill in the top the same as you did the drawers in your first post? My daughter bought a lovely occasional table whose top veneer had lifted, cracked, and peeled both before and after it had been painted (before she got it). Should it be stripped first then repaired and repainted? or can it just be sanded, repaired, and repainted? It’s a small table and the rest of the piece is in really great shape. (if you disregard the bad paint job!) Thanks for your advice!

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