It sat in the middle of our living room (okay, so trying to split up a long room with a console right in the middle wasn't such a great idea) for over a year trying to find it's place in our lives again.
It was fulfilling a very important purpose. See those baskets? They held all our mail... one basket for each member of our family. With the console being in the room closest to the front door, it was functioning quite well as a mail sorter/disguiser. That orange birch color had to go though. So, it did...
Since it's constructed of icky (yet inexpensive!) veneer instead of solid wood, sanding and staining wasn't an option. Instead, I tackled the 3 P's: priming, painting and polyurethaning. We already had the primer and paint (same as the wall color) on hand, so the only thing I purchased was the polyurethane for about $15-$20. I repositioned it along the wall (i.e., got it out of the middle of the room...what was I thinking?!), kept it's mail sorting use and then organized all the computer components in and on it. Gotta love hidden wires and electrical equipment! It's now a functional AND great looking way to peruse through the mail and pay bills online, on time. I would like to get a glass top cut to fit as even with the polyurethane, a few chips have surfaced on the worktop.
So, that's how I saved our IKEA console.