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Do you have any furniture with chipped veneer? It can be a real eye sore. Antique Expert Francesca de la Flor has some simple and affordable tips to help turn that trashed veneer into a valuable treasure.

Francesca recently worked on a small table in her workshop.

"This is a very nice 1940's bedside table, side table of some sort," says Francesca. "And it's very inexpensive to find at any flea market, any yard sale because the veneer has been damaged. Sometime over the years, the veneer has peeled off, broken off, and is gone. However, you can repair that veneer very easily with a little bit of wood putty and paint."

Most wood veneer is a thin layer of mahogany glued over less expensive pine. So first, Francesca fills in the gaps with wood putty, a process that takes about five minutes.

"You don't want to put too much," warns Francesca. "You want to make sure you're just filling the missing veneer spaces."

Next, wipe off the excess putty with paint thinner and let it dry for an hour. Lightly sand, then paint with an oil- based gel stain. In less than two hours, it's finished!

"If you found this piece at a yard sale or a flea market for twenty or thirty dollars and you were about to walk away because you thought [it would] cost hundreds to have the veneer repaired, remember that for less than ten dollars you can do that veneer repair and make the piece worth so much more," says Francesca.

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