Before & After: Refinishing a Craigslist Console

published Aug 20, 2012
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(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Michelle had been searching for a media console since she moved into her condo, something to replace the modern IKEA piece that came with her home. When she saw the above piece listed on Craigslist for only $40, she immediately headed out to purchase it. She knew that after a little TLC, it would be the perfect addition to her home.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

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.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

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.

(Images: Michelle/Sweetsuite 10)