I'm a Glutton for Punishment

May 16, 2012

My television is currently sitting on an Ikea cabinet that  I inherited when I purchased my condo. I firmly believe that the previous owner left it because it's quite long and therefore difficult to move without dismantling it. While it serves its purpose, it's a little too modern for my taste, and I've been sort-of keeping half an eye out for something to replace it for almost as long as I've lived here.
Ikea Bonde white console
My current Ikea Bonde sideboard
If you've been reading my blog for a while you know that late last year I spent quite a while refinishing an antique wood dresser. While the results were pretty gosh-darn fabulous if I do say so myself (see it here), I swore it would be quite some time before I attempted another project like it. It was an incredibly time-consuming project, not to mention really smelly given I don't have an outdoor space to play with chemical strippers, stains and varnishes.

Early last week I was browsing Craigslist as I do from time to time, and I spotted something that intrigued me enough to go across town after 10 pm to see it.
Craigslist sideboard picture
The seller's Craigslist picture
The seller was moving and didn't have space for the console in her new place. Once I saw it I knew it had to be mine, and arranged to pick it up the following day once I'd figured out transportation (I don't have a car, but I do have a zipcar.com membership which allows me to rent a vehicle for an hour of two when I need it).

That night I had nightmares about going to pick up the piece. The seller lived on the upper floor of a converted house with a long narrow stairway and I honestly had no idea how my mom and I were going to carry the console down. Happily the seller was having movers over the next morning, and she very kindly asked them to haul the console downstairs to the front porch where my mom and I only had to get it into the back of the CR-V I rented for the occasion.

After a bit of huffing and puffing on both ends of the journey, the console finally made it to my place, and is currently sitting in my dining room waiting for me to get started on its transformation.
New Craigslist sideboard
My new Craigslist console
I can't believe I've gotten myself into this again. The whole things needs to be stripped, and there is again some damaged veneer. This time the damaged veneer isn't an easily replaceable edge band but a rather large chunk missing off the base. It's also missing some of its decorative trim along the front.
damaged wood top
The damage to the top of my new console
Damaged veneer
The damaged veneer - it's about the size of a deck of cards
damaged sideboard trim
The damaged trim on the front - I have no idea how I'm going to fix this
As much work as I know it's going to be, I'm a bit excited about the possibilities. I LOVE the original hardware on the console, so I'm hoping I'll be able to buff them up a bit, and I really like the console's shape - for some reason it reminds me of Art Deco.

So, what do you think? Have I gone completely nuts?

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  1. I owned that same IKEA sideboard about 3 years back. I used mine for my dining area & it worked well during the time I owned it, though I was glad to see it go when I moved.

    The sellers photo isn't one that would have caught my eye, but your photo really allows it to shine. It definitly has a lot of potential & I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

  2. Michelle, that is an awesomely cool CL find! I can't wait to see what you do with it! It looks like Deco to me as well... and the hardware? :-D Great find!

  3. Hi Jessa,
    The Ikea sideboard is great - it's just too bid for my place. Once I finish my new console I'm going find it a nice new home with someone who will appreciate it more than I do.
    I'm hoping this project goes a lot more quickly than my dresser - it should given I've refinished something before so will be a lot less fearful of actually using the stripper and stain

  4. What a great piece, and great potential. I look forward to seeing your progress!

  5. I can't wait to see what you come up with. It's such a fantastic and original looking piece.
    I'm wondering if removing all of the front, damaged piece would make it easier? Maybe replace it with some rope type of trim, or just a narrow piece of wood that fits?

    good for you for seeing it's potential.

  6. Hi Mel,

    I've got an idea about the missing piece on the front - but I'll have to see if I can make it work - fingers crossed!


  7. Hi Sharon,

    I hope that I'll be able to report that I've made some progress soon :)


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