This post is part of a 31 day series – “31 days to decorate your home on a budget.” You can read all the posts in this series here.
Furnishing your house with furniture can be expensive. BUT not if you watch yard sales, thrift stores, and craigslist for deals. Now you might be thinking, “Sure, I can find furniture at yard sales or on Craigslist, but I wouldn’t want it in my house! It’s not my style, not my color, etc.” Don’t worry, I don’t find things in my color or style either. But I paint, stain, and adapt them so that they are my style!
I bought this coffee table at a yard sale for $3. Yes, $3! It wasn’t my color and it had some water damage on the top, but for $3 I thought I could give it a try.
I started by stripping the finish off and sanding the top completely down. I then stained the top Minwax Dark Walnut Stain (my favorite color of wood – dark walnut!) and painting the bottom a creamy white.
I distressed and glazed the bottom and here it is in our living room!
And this chest has a story all its own. I frequent a flea market on Saturdays and had my eye on this for several weeks. It is made out real wood and I loved the lines. But the seller wanted $35, which was more than I wanted to pay. I tried for several weeks to get him down (I wanted to pay $20) but he wouldn’t budge much (first down to $30, the next week $28…). After 3-4 weeks of this, I was scared that if I didn’t just buy it, someone else would and I would lose it. He finally came down to $23, so I paid and left with my long-awaited chest!
From the first moment I saw it, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it and exactly where I wanted to use it! You see, I have these cute little nieces and they love to come to “Aunt Nina’s” house and have night-night parties! And I have books, crayons, toys, blocks and such for them to play with and no where to put it all. So this little chest will go in my guest room (the room they sleep in when they are here) to house all their little toys.
The yellow plaid ugliness on the front was some sort of wallpaper? It sanded off very easily.
And I was ready for part 2 of my plan! I love these wood embellishments you can buy at Lowe’s or Home Depot. This one was about $5 but because the tip on the left was actually broken off, they gave me 20% off. (I knew I could glue it together on since I would be gluing it on to something anyways.)
I glued it to the center of the front of the chest with some super glue (we were all out of wood glue and I was ready to get this project done) and painted the whole chest over again in white.
After!! (By the way, this was exactly what I was envisioning – I even knew the shape of the embellishment I wanted to use, since I used this same one on our fireplace.)
So look past the ugliness and envision the potential!
Here are some more examples from blogland:
Coffee table turned adorable bench from Sabby in Suburbia
I see dressers like this all the time at Goodwill. And most people would pass them by.
But look at what it can look like painted white! Love this! Check out Show & Tell for more details.
And white is not the only color you can paint things. I see a lot of turquoise or bright colors painted on side pieces like this one by Sweet Pickins
And black is always gorgeous too –Just a Girl shows you how to get this great finish without sanding or needing a fancy paint srpayer.
So take a second look at that furniture you see at yard sales or on Craigslist and imagine what a little paint can do.
Have you painted any second-hand furniture pieces to fit into your house? What is your favorite color for furniture – dark stained wood, white, black, or a fun color? I am a mix between dark stained wood and white right now.