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post #1 of 7 Old 01-13-2010, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy finishing mdf to look like wood, need help

I have sanded through the veneer and now want to salvage a nice peice of furniture by finishing underlying mdf to look like wood, amateur at this.
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Laminate It!

The easiest way would be to laminate it with Formica. You could use wood veneer. They are available with pressure sensitive adhesive. Then you could use the same finishing schedule that you are using

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If you've only sanded through in a small area and it's not right in the center of the most visible area, you may be able to use paint, stain, and/or marking pens to camoflage the underlying MDF. If it's a big area, you may want to use Dave's advice and cut out of area of the overlying veneer and replace it with new veneer and finish to match.

Don't tell the rest of the guys on this forum, but I have been known to disguise boo boos by using stain and or paint and very small brushes to paint on grain features in semi-hidden places.
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I've considered laminate on this project, but with all the round edges on the table it would be difficult to trim to fit and also the rounded sides/edges are chipped and need to be patched or sanded smooth and restained dark to look like wood. After damaging one area of the existing laminate, I went ahead and sanded the whole surface smooth, which ruined the edges around the whole top. Although the laminate has a beautiful star design in the center of the table. It would be nice to salvage that but it's almost beyond repair. Now I have a bad area of the mdf showing, with the edges showing mdf, and the sides, edges chipped. I'm considering now to paint with a yellow flat paint and staining to give it an underlying wood look. Thanks for the help, yep-definitely a newby at this and I just don't have all the resources and tools.
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I think just painting it a solid color would look better than trying to draw a wood pattern by hand, unless you are a talented artist.
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Could you stain and varnish the whole piece of furniture a darker colour

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Yes, I can stain the whole bottom dark. The table has 2 levels, the top is ok. I,m going to refinish the top veneer and the stain the bottom veneer and mdf to match the best I can. It's a work in progress, I'm unemployed right now so this is my new past-time and hobby. Thanks.
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