Wood veneer is thin sheets of real wood grain, available in rolls or sheets. You can use wood veneer to make plywood or medium density fiberboard (MDF) cabinets or furniture look like real wood at much less than the cost of solid wood. Since wood veneer is thin, it's very flexible, allowing you to shape it around curves. Some wood veneer is self-adhesive; you peel off a paper backing and press the veneer in place. Other veneers are applied with wood glue. Still other veneer has an adhesive back that's activated by heat. These iron-on veneers are easy to apply.
Measure the surface you want to cover with the veneer. Cut the veneer one inch longer than this measurement. This will allow you to trim the veneer to size later.
Turn the iron to its highest setting and allow it to heat while you clean the surface where you'll be applying the veneer. The surface must be absolutely clean and very smooth in order to accept the veneer.
Position the veneer on the furniture, cabinet or other item you're working with. Cover the veneer with the cotton cloth. This will protect the surface of the veneer from scorching. Starting at the middle and working out, apply firm pressure to the iron as you smooth it along the veneer. Move the iron slowly, but don't linger over any one spot. Iron the complete length of the veneer.
Remove the cloth and allow the veneer to cool for an hour. Using a straight edge and the Exacto knife, trim anywhere the veneer overhangs.