I am glad that someone else feels that way AL. I recently installed 14' of uppers(the cheapest ones that ikea has) for someone as hallway storage. They needed something that looked simple and clean. I have never used Ikea cabinets before, and I was amazed. The precision, fit, and finish, was actually incredibly good, considerring I paid something like 30$/lin/ft of cabinets. Yes they are made of particle core, mdf, etc., but even high end shops around here are using all of those materials in all of their cabinets too!
Didn't mean to hi-jack, but figured I would throw it out there.
To the OP: No judgement here, I have burned my fair share of old furniture too. Sometimes it is quite gratifying to see the old go up in smoke, as you put a shiny new heirloom quality piece in it's place!