It’s no secret that I’m always on the lookout for a furniture bargain that I can rehab and turn into something that I love. Whenever I post about a furniture rehab project like this one, this one or this one, I get comments from people saying that they just can’t see the potential in a thrift store mess.
So come shopping with me at one of my favorite places to find furniture bargains, Craigslist, and I’ll share some tips for finding pieces that you can makeover for your home.
If you leave in Houston, you NEED to go snap up this sofa ($75). It will be stunning when you paint the frame a creamy white and recover the cushions with a ticking stripe or burlap.
Would you like to do a headboard like I did in this post? If you live in Chicago, you’re in luck because you can pick up this headboard for only $10. And it looks like the trimwork is already done for you. Just paint it!
Did you see this post from Thrifty Decor Chick? That picture is her “after”.
Well. here’s another one for you Chicagoland folks. This coffee table can be had for $25 and will look beautiful with the same distressed black finish that Thrifty Decor Chick used.
Are you in Portland? This $75 chair may look dated now, but paint the wood white and recover the cushions in a bold print and you’ll have a showstopping piece better than anything from the Pottery Barn catalogue.
If you live anywhere near me in Pittsburgh, then keep your mitts off this wooden desk that I’ll be tracking down today. It’s the perfect size for The Hubster’s office and at $30 it’s perfect for a rehab project.
If you’re in Minneapolis, these two chairs can be had for $5 each!
I don’t think that it takes a brilliant imagination to see that they could handle a Mod Makeover like this one from Eddie Ross.
These patio chairs in Miami are a no-brainer. At $45 for the set of 4, they’re a bargain that could be madeover with some paint and fabric. I’m thinking black for the metal frame and a toile for the seat.
Tips for shopping on Craigslist:
- Look at the shape. Try and look past the current finish or fabric and imagine it with a coat of paint or new fabric.
- Ask for dimensions. Before you spend time driving around looking at pieces you see online, make sure they are the right size for your space. Take a tape measure with you when you go looking.
- Keep an open mind. Maybe that buffet can be used as a TV stand or maybe you can shorten the legs of that small kitchen table and use it as a coffee table.
- You CAN negotiate. Nicely, of course. A simple question like, “Can you do a little better on the price?” can often lead to a much better deal.
You can still enter our giveaway from Purple Lemon. A winner will be chosen tomorrow.
Need some inspiration to get your furniture rehab mojo working?
A trash to treasure makeover: Creations by Kara
You CAN paint laminate furniture: Living with Lindsay
Chair makeover: Design*Sponge
Desk makeover: Design*Sponge
Bench makeover: Sanctuary Arts at Home