You can see from these close-ups that this piece needed some work- the top was scratched and watermarked, some trim on the front was missing, and there was damage to the veneer at the base.
Michelle stripped and sanded before restaining the piece. She repaired the missing trim with a most ingenious plan — she glued in wooden chopsticks cut down to size to fill the gap. The damaged veneer was removed and that panel replaced. Michelle also replaced the missing inner shelf with one cut to size at her favorite home store, then stained to match. The final result is a beautiful piece that looks ready to face another few decades of use. See more: Sweetsuite 10: Refinished Living Room Media Console (Images: Michelle/Sweetsuite 10)