The first time I bought something on Craigslist I scored a major deal. For $30 I picked up a hutch, two dressers, and I could have had two bookshelves and a desk but they wouldn’t fit in the two trucks I brought for the haul.
Picking up the pieces was quite the adventure. I didn’t know the area very well and it ended up being a lot further than I thought. As we drove out in the middle of nowhere I was getting worried. Of course I took my husband and my in-laws to help with the haul and for protection but I was still growing skeptical the further we drove. Finally we started seeing homes again, and nice ones. My excitement grew with each house we passed. As we turned the corner I noticed an odd looking home and two large metal buildings and our GPS told us to turn into the dark, incredibly long and spooky driveway.
When buying off of Craigslist be sure to bring someone with you of the strong manly type. Not just to lift the haul but for your safety! I’m all for women being able to do what men do but this trip was definitely a bit on the creepy side. You just don’t know who you are talking to and in this case it was two men who lived out in the middle of no where. I could have been toast! While setting up the time to pick everything up I made sure to mention several times that my husband (and others) were coming with me to help. If they wanted to creep I gave them plenty of warning to back out!
Each of the items had been sitting in a garage (out in the middle of nowhere) for years and years and YEARS. They hadn’t been touched and they were in great condition but of course they were dated. I had just begun painting furniture and I wasn’t sure how I would make these dated pieces fit my style. I like to say I have a modern farmhouse vibe going on.
The hutch was my favorite.For a long time we had the hutch in the kitchen. It was great for storing snacks, baking supplies and tupperware. The lights inside even worked. I wasn’t a huge fan of the door knobs and the bottom cabinet fronts but I immediately turned to Pinterest for inspiration. I love coral and there were a few pieces I found painted coral so I went ahead with the project. If you are looking for more coral painted furniture inspiration be sure to check out the coral post in my Chalk Painted Furniture by Color series.
My first update was using a chalky finish paint to update the color. The outside of the hutch is painted with Behr’s Vintage Coral and then finished with a Minwax Dark Walnut stain. The inside is painted with Behr’s Pot of Cream. I used these colors to make my own chalky finish paint which helped save money and time. That’s right, you don’t have to sand first!
I updated the hardware on the glass doors with simple white porcelain knobs from Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby has a fun collection of antique knobs to choose from. I of course gravitated to the colorful teal ones but I knew simple was better with such a bold color piece.
I could have updated the bottom cabinet doors because the design work is just a plastic overlay that is glued to the front of the cabinet door. But you can paint on plastic with the homemade chalky finish paint with no trouble at all. I went ahead and painted the detail work and figured if I didn’t like it I could always change it later.
The fun part is having a place to store all of my unique finds!
My creepy drive to pick this piece up was well worth it! I spent $30 to get the hutch and three other pieces. And I spent $6 in paint! I already had other supplies on hand for making my own chalky finish paint but it’s all reasonably priced. Once you get started you won’t want to stop!
Do you have a Craigslist furniture find you want to update?
Do you have a piece of furniture you’ve been dying to paint but don’t know how? Are you worried it’s going to be too much work? Do you have questions on how to get started, what you will need, and if it’s even worth the work?
Your Guide to Painting Furniture will take you through the process of finding furniture, making your own chalky finish paint, and how to use paint your furniture. Plus my tips on protecting your painted furniture, basic repairs, and tips for picking out paint colors!