Veneer Repair Series: Post One

I’m using Tip Talkin’ Tuesday to start a 3 part video series on veneer repair! I should note, this is not a restoration series! We’ll be using Bondo, which is great for repairing pieces that will be painted but Bondo is not stain-able. This wardrobe will be getting a vibrant dose of orange! Follow me this week as I breathe new life into this beauty!

You can find Part 2 and Part 3, along with other video tutorials, on the “TUTORIALS“, page! Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you won’t miss a video! See you guys for the sanding post!

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  1. Pam Blanchard says:

    I have really learned a lot today from your “repair veneer” videos. I have not found one after #3 and also is the paint completely dry when you are distressing? Thanks for an easy to understand tutorial. Pamela Blanchard. Victory Vintage. Northport, AL.

  2. I’m so glad to have found this. I am working on an armoire for my granddaughter, due in 2 weeks or less. I have had this piece for probably 20 years and never fixed it. It needs a LOT of repair but I believe that I can do it after watching your videos.
    The armoire has two decorative moulding pieces, one on each door. They are intact but have lots of tiny cracks through them. Do you recommend putting a thin layer of bondo on these also? Or is there another product that would work better? I’m trying to finish out the piece to match the baby bed so I don’t want it to look distressed, but rather smooth. Thanks for any help you can give me!

    • Hi Diana! Thank you for your comment! I love to hear the videos have given people the confidence to tackle a project! I would go ahead and add some bondo to those cracks. Just push it in with your finger and smooth it out. That will keep it intact. I would LOVE to see the armoire when you finish it! All the best! Angela

  3. Hi, I found your video very informative and was inspired to try Bondo since I have had your same issues when I used wood filler to repair wood. I tried to reduce the hardener to extend the “set up” time. I found that after 24 hrs. the Bondo was not “rock hard” like I expected so I left it another 24 hours which is today. The humidity was very high so maybe that had something to do with it. My question/concern is how much hardener can you safely cut back on and still have a viable product?

    • Thank you Susan! To be honest with you, I always eyeball it so I don’t have a specific ratio for using less. Humidity does increase dry time. Feel free to message me should you need anything else!

  4. Royanna gardner says:

    How do you remove bubbles in veneer before prepping to paint an item?

    • Hi Royanna. Most “bubbles” would be from water damage causing the veneer to lift. I use a razor and penetrate the bubble then remove the veneer back to a stable point. Once that is done you can patch the hole with bondo. Hope that helps!

  5. So glad I found your website. The legs on my dining room table have several large chips in the veneer. I am excited to try and repair them. The table is brown wood, but I am going to paint the legs black with a little brown showing through. Do you have any suggestions how I can do that?

    • So glad you found me, Sharlene! Yes…after you’ve repaired the area, use spray paint to achieve the wood tone. You’ll want to wet distress the paint back to keep from sanding through the spray paint. If you do a search on my page for veneer, you’ll find even more to help you along! All the best and feel free to share your finished project!

  6. I could not find anything about the bondo being used in a vertical application. So my question is with the consistency of silly putty, would it “slide” off of a piece that was missing veneer in a vertical spot? I have a very LARGE china hutch that is missing a portion of the wood veneer in a curved spot at the bottom. I was hoping to repair it without having to actually lay this giant piece on its back. Would this work in that type of a situation? Thank you again for this great idea. Chipped veneer has always driven me NUTS!

    • Thank you for your question, Tammy! I’ve used bondo in vertical applications but only for small areas. Sounds like your area would be fine to experiment with. I’d be prepared to wipe upward while the bondo is setting to prevent it from dripping too much. Hope that helps!

  7. Hi Angela: Just saw your video and was so impressed and thankful for your time and education. I appreciate someone like you. I have several pieces that I am encouraged now to try to fix and I have you to thank.


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