There's always the option to just throw it out, because it's ugly! Sometimes that's the best thing to do, however with furniture made from solid wood, there's often a better choice. I try to see potential in old pieces, weather it's the need for a simple sanding and re-finishing, or if "further action is required". This dresser I found at a local thrift shop, said to me: "further action required", but the bones were there, and perfectly set for a modern face lift.
Here's how she stood when I found her:
Honestly, it's funky on its own right, but maybe not the kind of funk you want hanging around. I had some cut offs of various wood veneers hanging around the shop, those bits you usually never get to use. Turns out they were just the right size for re-facing drawers! Luck so had it for me, the "carved" sections you see, were nothing but plastic moldings tacked on with nails. This made them quite simple to remove, which could have easily gone the other way!
Something else I should add.....the wood grain you see in these "before" images is a faux finish! If you look closely, you can see the patterns repeat. Point is, there was no charming wood to reveal below this tired stain job. Thus enters the veneer! A lot of people associate veneer with "fake", but in actuality some very beautiful furniture in this world hosts veneer across the the surface. Anyhoo, you can be the judge ...here is the latest Retrobound Revival....