Need advice on refinishing an old dresser
I still have my childhood dresser -- one of those 1960's ugly old early-american things with the colonial drawer pulls and plastic laminate top. It IS solid wood, though. I want to re-make it completely. Problem is, the veneer has peeled off in several places, and is falling apart on the sides. I've priced veneer -- YIKES! I did find some 2'x4' pine veneer for $13 a sheet but I'd need two sheets. The veneer on the sides is pretty much just torn up on the bottom, some missing. I was wondering if I could just glue what's there back down carefully and use epoxy wood filler to patch it, since I'm going to be painting the whole thing white. I know it would take a lot of work, but I've never replaced veneer, so I'd almost be afraid to. One friend suggested beadboard paneling on the side but I think that might be too thick. Open for suggestions.