Applying self adhesive wood veneer is a great way to learn the art of veneers. You don't have to worry that you are applying too much or too little adhesive and ruining the veneer application. You don't have to squeeze out the excess adhesive and wonder how you are going to clean it up. Self adhesive wood veneers are easier to work with than wood on wood or paperbacked veneers and they still give you the look of solid wood for a fraction of the cost of solid wood when applied properly.
Sand the substrate that you will be applying the self adhesive wood veneer to a with a sheet of 120-grit sandpaper.
Remove the sanding dust by wiping the surface with a cloth that has been dampened with denatured alcohol. Allow the surface to dry for 30 minutes.
Seal the substrate by applying one light coat of polyurethane to its surface with a paintbrush and allow it to dry for 24 hours.
Cut the veneer to a 1/2-inch larger dimension than actual size of area you are covering with a utility knife.
Remove the paper backing from the self adhesive veneer and center it on the substrate. Apply pressure against the veneer, from the center out, with a stiff bladed scraping tool.
Trim the veneer with a sharp razor knife.