Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
From time to time I bring home these pretty horrendous pieces of furniture. My husband's reaction is always pretty priceless, but he trusts me enough to let me do my thing and create an original piece for our home.
A few months ago I decided to take on the task of remodeling our basement (pictures coming in the near future). Of course that meant we would need a few substantial pieces of furniture. I found this dresser on Craigslist and it was... well, as you can see not in the best shape. However, all the drawers were in working order and it was a nice sturdy piece of furniture. I had a creative vision to transform the dresser into a TV console for the basement - as it had ample storage for DVDs and what-not.
It was a long process, but I'm very pleased with the results.