I bought this piece of furniture at a garage sale a year ago and have left it all this time in the game room without knowing exactly what I wanted to do with it. A few weeks ago, I realized it would be perfect in the dining room… it was about time!
I removed all the moldings (door and above), and I also removed the base and put new feet. I sanded it lightly — it's veneer so I had to be careful. Then I stained it dark brown, and I finished with a transparent acrylic varnish. I added the missing shelves, made a door, changed the handles and put a nice paper as background. It took me one week to restore it working 2-3 hours a day.
Ama's cost breakdown:
Stain, varnish, and handles: $35
Plywood for shelves, new door and feet: $23
Paper for background: $12
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(Images: Ama Ryllis)