Back in April 2014, I found on bed on Craigslist that I just HAD to have for Zack’s room. It had great lines and only needed a little work, which sounded awesome after just finishing Emma’s green bed. I wasn’t quite ready to work on it, so I put it aside in the garage.
Two in a half years later, I decided that there was no better time than the present. HAHA! Procrastinators unite!
After I got the bed cleaned up, I could tell that the finish on the veneer was peeling and bubbling in places. It wasn’t in perfect shape when I got it, but I’m sure that hanging out in the hot garage for a few years didn’t help its case.
Well, it was time for me to get started refinishing furniture again. I decided to do some light sanding on it to see what would happen. It’s always touchy when you sand a thin veneer, because if you can easily go through the veneer. Like this.
Okay, so that’s not EXACTLY what happened. The veneer was pretty marred in these spots and felt really rough, so sanding it down was a decision that I made and not an accident. But, it could easily happen if you aren’t careful!
Because I just couldn’t handle this turning into a multi-day project, I started thinking about how I could save this bed. I could paint it, but I really didn’t want a painted finish. My friend Marian suggested that I use a chemical stripper to take the stain off the veneer (which was actually the “right” thing to do), but that made me feel like Andy from Wet Hot American Summer.
So…that wasn’t going to be the right answer for me.