How to Repair Warped Veneer Furniture

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Extreme heat and dampness can really play a number on wood veneer furniture. Furniture with veneer is especially sensitive to weather. Heat, water, cold and dampness can cause the veneer to warp, peel or separate from the wood surface. Learn how to repair warped veneer furniture the correct way.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood glue
  • Gloves
  • Utility knife
  • Paper towels
  • Sheets of veneer
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Protect veneer wood furniture by keeping it out of direct sunlight. Putting a coffee table or an end table that has a veneer surface near a window that gets a lot of sunlight is not a good idea. Also keep veneer furniture away from damp areas and avoid setting cold or hot beverages without protection on veneer furniture. Keep veneer furniture away from direct heat sources such as furnace vents.

  • Cut the warped veneer along the grain with a utility knife. Do this gently, taking care not to damage the wood. If possible, cut a definite shape like a square or a triangle. This makes it easier to replace.

  • Use a piece of paper and pencil to rub the cut-out area to get an imprint to use as a template for a replacement veneer.

  • Cut the replacement veneer to match the grain of the area to be repaired as much as possible so that it will blend in with the surface. Purchase sheets of veneer from a lumber yard.

  • Insert wood glue under the edge of the warped veneer. Squirt a bit more than is needed. Use a small roller (like the type used to apply borders for wall paper), and gently roll the glued area. Do not use any weight, or the roller could stick to the surface.

  • Examine the freshly glued area for any excess glue that may have seeped out while you were rolling the area. Carefully remove the glue with a paper towel. Allow at least 24 hours for the glue to dry before using the surface.

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