I'm guessing that the table might have been left outside or stored in a damp basement for a long time to cause the veneer to peel.
Well, if moisture causes the veneer to peel, then this wet towel will help to take it all off!
For this stubborn piece, I poured boiling water right on top of the veneer and used the putty knife to peel it off. Then I worked on to the top of the table, the sides and the drawer.
The veneer on the top of the table was a beast to remove! There were three layers of it plus a lot of glue.
The veneer on the side and the drawer were easy to peel off.
The decorative wood on the drawer was cracked in different places, so I completely removed it.
Here is the table after the veneer was removed.
Next, I will give this night table several coats of polyurethane. I hope you come back again to see how it looks. When this project is complete it is going in the guest bedroom for the One Room Challenge. On Thursday, May 11th you can see the completed room!!