Craigslist Furniture: Paint It or Leave It?

I received a lot of good feedback from several of you when I wrote this post on what I would do with wood furniture (paint it or leave it alone). So, I thought I’d do “round 2” based on more examples I found on my local Craigslist. These are just my gut reactions of what I envisioned when I first saw the pieces. I’d love to hear if you see something completely different when you look at them:


midcentury modern desk listing  //  inspiration

You will rarely hear me say that I think you should paint midcentury modern pieces. This desk is no exception. I think it totally takes away from the look of the piece to slap a color on it. Instead, I love how the example shows it paired with a modern white chair.



rattan tablelisting  //  inspiration

I’m not usually a fan of painting rattan pieces, either. But. . . the glass top on this one makes it look more 80s beach condo than I like. So, I’d paint it a bright, happy color.



poster bed listing  //  inspiration

The wood on this poster bed has a pretty tone. I’d leave it, letting it warm up the space—and possibly painting some other pieces in the room for nice mix. Besides nightstands seem a lot easier to paint than tackling a big bed. . .



console-table listing  //  inspiration

At first glance, this console table seems far from my personal style. But, painted in a white lacquer, I think this could be a real showstopper in a little entry. Because it’s so ornate, I’d pair it with a simple mirror or subdued art.



china cabinet listing  //  inspiration

The inspiration office immediately popped into my head when I saw this piece. Not every old china cabinet has to be painted—especially when paired with sleeker pieces (like the white table). I think this would be a great addition to a den or office, filled with books.

Swimmingly Good Statement Art

I’m so drawn to artwork that has a subtle beach- or summer-theme. I think it can work in so many rooms—whether you live in a beach house or not.

  beach artwork Digs Design Company


I’m also a little enamored with those “lady-in-a-swimsuit” paintings. (Remember when I changed up the art in our hallway?) I always like the vibrant colors with just a little pop of pattern.

I rounded up some of my favorite swim-themed artwork that would be a great addition to a gallery wall—or as one big statement piece:


swim + summer art finds

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Like this kind of art? Here are a few of my favorite searches:

T.S. Harris, Debbie Miller, Lisa Golightly, and Roberta Pinna


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Small Pattern On The Sofa

I loved this home in the June issue of Better Homes & Gardens, but especially the pattern on this living room sofa:

small pattern on sofa


The owner recovered her couch in this small chevron print, and it has me thinking about possibly doing the same to ours—a $150 Craigslist find that I’ve had for 5+ years. Plus, there are a couple of short people in our house who decided to add a little artwork with ink pens to one of our cushions. . . (And, that’s why I buy Craigslist couches.)

living room sofa Carolina Lima Photography


I like the idea of pairing larger patterns on the pillows with a smaller pattern on the sofa:

1115-05 001 Bardes Interiors


It reminds me of this fabric—which would be super affordable if you need several yards for reupholstering. (I blogged about more affordable fabric finds here.)



What do you think about a small pattern on a sofa?