One of our favorite new-ish pieces of furniture came from IKEA's as-is section. Sometimes it's like house or apartment hunting: if you can see past the outer imperfections, sometimes a great foundation lurks beneath, just waiting for your ideas and affection. Our find: this Vinstra chest of drawers for $100 (original price: $349).
The lower middle drawer of this piece was missing, and we actually liked the look better; it just made sense. Instead of using it as a bedroom chest of drawers as it's intended, we decided it would work best in our living room as a media console. The empty space without drawer houses our cd player and cable box, the top drawer is full of DVDs and remotes, the right side is all stereo and DVD equipment, and the left holds some of our record collection perfectly. On top: t.v., plants and a lamp. (Note: we'll try and take a photo for later posting!)
We'd like to hear what problematic piece you've picked up and perfected for your home. Any great "as-is" purchases from the always discussion-worthy IKEA?? (or any other place for that matter!)
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