Monday, July 1, 2013

The LAZY fix for very damaged Veneer!!!

Ok it's summertime in Montreal - and that means freaking humidity levels like you can't believe -
which also means my energy level is not where it should be - plus I'm impatient and really
don't enjoy the restoration part of fixing older furniture - I'm in too much of a hurry to get to the
creative part!!!

I had a horrible experience with damaged veneer once upon a time - you can read about it HERE
That post was before I knew about bookmarking - and not having dates show up on my photos
but you can at least see what I went through trying to fix veneer.
For all you bloggers who say removing veneer is easy - peasy.
or I just don't have the knack for it - ok - let's go with that one - because I definitely DON'T have
the knack for it...............

I just took another piece out of storage ( the unit is finally emptying out ) and looked at the damage and
thought " well that's nothing "  " I can very easily just fill that and be done with it

One time, long ago, a dentist told me I had a pin point cavity that had to be dealt with - the operative word being PIN POINT - by the time he was finished drilling and cleaning and prepping the tooth, I could stick half my tongue in it..............
That's kind of what happened here because we can definitely call this a pin point damage, right?

I would have made a great dentist I think.......................

Suzan says - I have a easy fix for this John
Suzan says - It's like Dentistry you know - I had to clean all the surrounding area - it was all loose
John says - It was like Dentistry?
Suzan says - Never mind - it's too complicated to go into all the details - but it had to be done, trust me
Suzan says - You know that wood we use to give dressers new drawer bottoms?
Suzan says - Can you just cut me 2 panels to slide over the damaged tooth panels?

and like any Dentist I gave the crappy part of to my Dental Assistant................
I happen to have a very good one

At this point you could even stain it ( you can't do with filler )

It still needs to be glued down and nailed along the edges for extra strength - but voila - this piece can now proudly " smile " and not be ashamed..................

John says - I'm still laughing over you comparing yourself to a Dentist - that beats all
Suzan says - Oh be quiet - it's very similar - I clean - I fill cavities - I work with veneers.....................and then I polish.  ( hell I've even performed a root canal on a piece or 2 now that I think of it )
John roars......................

But the more I think of it, I'm going to have John cancel his next Dentist appointment for a cleaning -
and try out my newest tool

It's just a matter of following the directions after all

I'll let you know how that works out.....................but I'm thinking of engraving a little heart on his front tooth

Stay tuned - I'll have the makeover post of this dresser up soon!
Have a great day all

Dr.Suzan Sweatman F.D. ( furniture dentist at your service )

Oh and for all my fellow Canadians - Hope you had a wonderful Happy 144th Canada Day!!!!!!!!!!
I'm only a day late - getting better and better all the time :)

I am so very very proud to call this country my home & native land....................

Partying with!!!
Miss Mustard Seed


  1. once again Dr Suzan you have made me laugh.What is the tool for?Cant wait to see how the cupboard turns out-love dee x

  2. That's a great idea! Sometimes if its just a small amount of veneer loss on the bottom I will sand it to fade away and you cant see it!

  3. Happy Canada Day to you!

    If your bills are cheaper than my dentist, I'd like to trade my dentist for you, please. I'll talk to Blue Cross and Blue Shield to see if they're up for it. :)

  4. I like the way you think. Smart AND entertaining.

  5. Suzan you are great, such a laugh, make sure you put your initial in that little heart on his tooth!

    Faye (MacGIRLver)

  6. Great job on repairing the veneer, I love working with waterfall furniture so I deal with veneer all the time, not fun. What are you going to do with that tool my dear? I think we are not only dentists we are doctors and psychiatrists too. We repair the holes but we also nurse furniture back to health and we solve people problems by giving them new pieces of furniture to make them happy. We wear many hats. hugs Tobey ps Happy Canada Day to you too my fellow Canadian.

  7. You do great work...with a wonderful sense of humour! Will you put the little heart on his tooth while he's asleep? :)

  8. That looks like a super new tool. What does it do? I want one! Also, I have five crowns to have removed and the teeth filled and built back up - are you available on short notice?

  9. By the end of this post I realized I had my tongue wrapped around my teeth in some type of automated protective measure...
    Thank you for this info. I bought an arched door a couple of weeks ago - it is beautiful but has a panel that is veneered & it looks loose. I have no idea what I'm doing with the door yet, but it was too beautiful to leave at the flea market. I will try this method to purty it up.

  10. Get using that new tool because I want to know if it works!

  11. What is that new tool and what is it for? Do I want to know that answer??? I can't wait to see the transformation of this piece!


  12. Sand blasting sounds like fun. Seriously. Please blast something (non-living) and tell us if that thing works.

    1. Well I'm constantly " blasting " John - but I've never had a machine to help me do it before LOL
      Will let you know how it works once I gather up enough courage to try it :)

  13. You are playing with things called "Easy Blaster"??? I'm sorry, but that is hilarious!

    Please, never stop writing about how you and your husband talk to each other, because that is a hoot too!

    Seriously, you are very talented! I'm with Betsy, let's hear how it works!

    Peace in Christ,

    1. I'm terrified to even open that tool Ceil LMHO..................
      and I'm not sure how talented I am or I'd be blasting all over the house at this point!

  14. Suzan,
    You're so bad for my health right now......can't laugh after surgery. I adore your daughter's wedding photo. Have pity for a friend....?

  15. Happy late Canada Day Suzan! I'm playing catch up here, and that tool looks pretty serious!! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it, and with that piece of furniture too!

  16. Dr Suzan. I need a cleaning. What's your price? Thank God I haven't needed any veneers on my teeth, so far. I know who to come to. Happy belated Canada awesome day. Yes we stand on guard for thee!!!!!!! More then ever!!! On another note, I am paying for taking three days off :( holy moly we were busy this weekend. Back to the grind. Chat soon.

  17. lol! DR Suzan, huh? You dance. You perform. You tell jokes. You fill cavities. Is there anything you can't do, girlie...???? lolol! Hope you had a fabulous Canada Day, sweets! It's been a rainy, humid summer down here, too. Ugh ugh and ugh..... :)

    xoxo laurie

  18. That's Dr. Suzan for ya - always creating a beautiful smile out of the most hopeless cases. I think your assistant deserves a raise. lol

  19. You have much more patience than I do, doctor. Paint over paint or stain or veneer...doesn't matter to me...just hand me the paint brush!


  20. I laughed so hard, tears ran down my legs :) well done Dr.Suzan Sweatman F.D.

  21. My kind of fix Suzan! Love your new dental tool and I'm a little envious of it!

  22. Dear doctor, I have a sideboard with seriously damaged veneer and I wondered if you and your assistant could arrange a house visit in your schedule?
    Thanks a lot!

  23. Looks fantastic Dr. Susan! Happy belated Canada Day to my fellow Canadian! Cheers.

  24. Seriously this was priceless -- read it on Miss Mustard Seed furniture Friday.


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