Thrift stores, the most veritable potpourri of possibilities there are. I love them! Sure, one could easily walk in and say it’s a bunch of junk, but it takes a more creative eye to see the potential just oozing everywhere. Enter my $3 shabby, thrifty find. A small stack of drawers labeled by the employees as a nightstand. I knew better. This was half of an antique vanity that still had purpose even without the rest of it. (see that routed edge in the upper side where the table piece would have rested)
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I filled that ridge with wood filler and sanded it smooth with my sander. I also add a piece of wood corner round to recreate the surface edge. Originally, it is a cut-out meant to receive the mirror. Last, I use my favorite Dremel tool to rebuild it.
You can also see the veneer was lifting at the bottom of the side. An easy repair by taking a utility knife making a straight slit. Gently lift and add some wood glue, clamp, and let dry.
Now, I could have just painted and been done, but I wanted to add a touch of pizazz. Have you seen the textured paintable wallpaper that looks like pressed tin?