For this old dining table refinish project I noticed how the leaves in the middle don’t match. There was a few steps for this old dining table, chairs and buffet refinish.
In this situation I had to strip off all the old finish and gett down to the bare wood. Then I had to sand through the color (as much as possible without going through the veneer) to get back to the original unstained wood. Then I restained all of it together to get a much better matching base coat of stain color.
In order to get the leaves to match more closely: I first stained then applied a clear coat of lacquer. Then I applied a thin coat of glaze that was the same color of the stain. This smoothed out the color variations and gave the appearance a much more even look, with a nice aged looking patina.
Here is the final picture of the Old Buffet! This had a small 1/2 divot in the top that had to be repaired. While making a veneer patch is never blemish free, it does go a long way toward hiding the damage and making it stand out less.
Hope you enjoyed!