However as I looked at it, it was pretty ugly. I began to toy with ideas for dressing up the stand....painting it (I hate paint), covering it with formica (I also hate that), then skinning it with wood. The last option seemed best, so I went back to Home Depot.
I initially planned on a Luann style hardwood veneer plywood, but the cost of actual hardwood for the trim pieces and door (yeah, I also decided I needed to have a door) started to make the project upwards of $200, so I looked at other options. Cedar was cheap and attractive, so I dug through stacks of lumber until I could find enough knot free pieces to cover the entire stand. This was a time consuming task. At the register I was surprised to see the total come out to about the same as the hardwood option....oh well.