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.)

cameron-fabric

 

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