Mix and Match

Three pieces become more than the sum of their parts

As the needs of today’s growing families change, it’s important to find furniture solutions that don’t break the bank. And by thinking creatively, decorating ideas can be easily tailored to solve space, storage and other issues facing many homeowners.

This entertainment center is actually three separate pieces – two bookcases and a console table– that were purchased at an unfinished furniture store. To create a look befitting this family room and to speed the finishing, the three maple pieces were stained and top coated in one step with Minwax® Polyshades® Walnut in a satin sheen. Arranged along a wall of the family room, the new ensemble looks just like one of those expensive ready-mades, but only the owners know better.