We recently scored this old office credenza at Jubilee Furniture for just $10. It needs a lot of love: the veneer has to be replaced, and we're thinking of painting the drawers and cabinets a bright white. Still, we're really happy with the sturdy bones of the piece and the price can't be beat...
Old office pieces like this one are easy to find on craigslist and in thrift shops. Ours is the perfect size for our living room and has a ton of storage space inside (which is why we bought it).
Right now, a couple of giant black monolithic speakers flank it that we'll eventually replace with smaller tabletop speakers. That should open up some space and make this area feel less cluttered.
In this photo you can see the stripped veneer. We're planning on fixing this with veneer edging that can be cut to size and easily adhered to the tabletop.
This photo gives an idea of the room's larger layout. The credenza and TV face the sofa, while the two orange chairs create a conversation area. The floating credenza along the wall holds most of our books. It still needs some work, but we're enjoying the mix of vintage and contemporary pieces in our living room.