Wood veneer is a thin layer stripped from a piece of wood. It is usually adhered to the surface of wood composite, such as particle board, to give it a more attractive appearance. Wood veneer furniture is finished and pre-stained, but over time that stain wears down or the furniture becomes damaged. However, it is possible to stain wood veneer to give it new life.
Sand the wood veneer with a fine grit sandpaper to remove the old stain, sealer and any damage. Avoid sanding too much; the veneer is thin and its possible to sand through the veneer layer.
Apply a wood sealer to the veneer if it is made from a soft wood, such as cherry, pine or birch. The wood sealer helps keep the stain from becoming blotchy when applied to the veneer surface. Allow the sealer to dry for a few hours and then give the veneer another light sanding.
Use a soft, clean rag to apply a light coat of wood stain to the veneer. Allow the stain to dry completely between each application of wood stain. If desired, finish the surface with a wood sealant to protect the stained veneer.