This sideboard, buffet, chest, or whatever you wish to call it, belonged to my wife's grandmother. Even in it's best of days it was not a quality piece of furniture, being made of plain maple and poplar, and originally having a fake painted-on oak grain finish. When my wife acquired it, it was covered in several layers of various colored paint. Still, it has a nice design and some good family history, so I decided to see what I could do with it. After stripping it down and sanding it, I veneered the entire piece in contrasting figured maple and walnut veneer. Most people would never know it is not solid wood. The original doors were in poor shape, so I made new ones with a solid figured maple frame and walnut burl veneer panel. Now, I think it is a very attractive piece, and we get a lot of favorable comments on it.