For those looking to breathe new life into old pieces you already own or something cheap off CL, here is what I did. I was disappointed how cheap furniture is new, so I found a dresser off of CL that I liked and re-finished it. I stripped the varnished with a chemical stripper, sanded and re-stained. I then added new stainless hardware and finished it off with legs that I made from aluminum to add a little bit more modern touch. All said, I have less than $200 into everything and it is nicer than similar dressers selling for $1K or more than I looked at in furniture stores. Plus, I rescued a nice piece from the 60s from hitting the landfill.
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