Before & After: Ama's Garage Sale Shelf Gets a Modern Makeover

Before & After: Ama's Garage Sale Shelf Gets a Modern Makeover

Tara Bellucci
Feb 8, 2013

Ama found this shelving system at a garage sale for $50. It took her a year to figure out where this wood-veneer credenza would fit in her home. See where it ended up after a beautiful budget transformation:

We love how the sleek style and the graphic polka dots highlight her dishes in the dining room.

From Ama:

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:

Cabinet: $50
Stain, v
arnish, and handles: $35
Plywood for shelves, new door and feet: $23 
Paper for background: $12
Total: $120

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Thanks, Ama!

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(Images: Ama Ryllis)

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