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  1. October 28, 2014
    Brandi

    I love the pieces in your living room! I really LOVE that table. I think it’s beautiful just as it is, but I also think it would be beautiful with the legs/trim painted a different colour, like a grey or even a pop of colour like red/yellow. I would leave the top of it for sure though 🙂 Whichever you decide, it will look gorgeous either way – as is, or renewed 🙂

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    • October 28, 2014
      Tara

      Thank you, Brandi! You’re right – the table is great, but the colour is wrong somehow. I’m going to really think about the colours, but I feel like it has to be cooler over all (as everything in my house is a shade of grey!) Thanks for the encouragement, girl! 🙂

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  2. October 28, 2014
    Shauna

    Great score! Oh I hear ya on the reno and budget thing. Our main floor is ripped apart right now and I’m trying to be as budget-friendly as possible to put it back together!
    I say freshen up the legs of the coffee table a bit (your mantel is very white) and tone down the orange stain a bit (unless that’s just the way the photo looks on the screen). Your floor and stone have a grey undertone making the table stand out (and I don’t think that’s what you’re trying to feature, right?).

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    • October 28, 2014
      Tara

      It was the red/orange/Autumn stain on the top that was throwing me off. The legs have been purposely painted with a dingy antique white. I think it would look great in a “warm” setting, but my house is very cool (as you say).

      I reaaaalllly don’t want to strip the table top (what a pain), but I’m wondering how I can paint it without losing the character of the piece.

      It’s so funny how when you rip something apart, you realize, “OH… it’s going to cost money to put it back together!”

      Only demolition is free! 😉

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  3. October 28, 2014
    Bethany

    Oh my goodness, I love your couch! SUCH a great find. I say paint the table, even if you just keep the top wood and paint the bottom and legs gray or antique white. The whole room is beautiful! Wonderful job 🙂

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    • October 28, 2014
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Bethany! The table legs ARE an antique white – but it’s VERY antique. I think I need to go more off-white to freshen it up.

      The top is what’s tripping me up. I wish I could make it a slightly cooler stain. I’m going to research refinishing. I just don’t want to be up to my elbows in stripper. 😛

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  4. October 28, 2014
    Jo-Anna

    WOW what a score your couch and chair are!! I need to do more looking on CL – we need furniture for our kids playroom! I love how your home is coming together Tara…so gorgeous! And my vote is yes, paint that table…I’m a sucker for distressed white!

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    • October 28, 2014
      Tara

      Oh, I practically LIVE on CL, so that’s probably why I have such a fondness for it. But it’s all about the search keywords. People don’t think about optimizing their ads for the best reach (they aren’t bloggers by a long shot!) – so I’ve found that using a Thesaurus-amount of words when looking for something yields me the best results.

      I, too, need furniture for my girls’ playroom. I feel like every day I’m typing “Expedit”, then “Kallax”, then “cube shelf”…..

      It’s like a treasure hunt.

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  5. October 28, 2014
    Krista @thehappyhousie

    Oh I am so jealous of you mainland dwellers!! The Craigslist for our area is not great. Not at all. Ugh. Oh well… the sofa/chesterfield looks amazing! The whole room does, actually! I think you should DIY one of those industrial-cart style coffee tables with the wheels…I am totally hankering over those right now. Or if not maybe at least paint the base of the table in a charcoal grey?? Depends on what type of rug you want to eventually go with! It is looking awesome Tara, I wish I could come visit in real life!

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    • October 28, 2014
      Tara

      Are your Used_____ sites any good? I know that CL doesn’t have the same prowess on the Island as it does on the Mainland.

      I love the industrial carts. But there’s a part of me that also wants a bar cart (like… SUPER badly) and I wonder if I can have two carts in a room?

      I’m really struggling over the rug thing. I think I need a pretty big one (which means $$$$). I need to start researching for the best deal.

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  6. October 29, 2014
    Erin

    I say paint it! It looks good but I think it could look great. I do like the top, I would leave that but I’m a sucker for stained wood :)…… My best find on Craigslist was an antique buffet. After buying a dresser and attempting to refinish it into a buffet I eventually threw my hands up and gave it away mid project. The next day I found a beautyful one cheap which needed a good cleaning and a new hinge on the door. I love it and I get compliments on it all the time. I was even offered more $ than I paid for it from someone (I declined).

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    • October 29, 2014
      Erin

      I think a nice pop of blue would look really nice on that table. Benjamin moore has some really beautiful colors. I’m redoing a dresser in their Pacific Ocean blue right now. Pintrest has a lot of benjamin moore colors posted so you can see different colors in real homes.

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      • November 4, 2014
        Tara

        I hadn’t thought of blue! Thanks, Erin! I’m going to go do some research right now…. Off to Pinterest. 🙂

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    • November 4, 2014
      Tara

      I am dying for a buffet… I’m having the hardest time finding one that is a) cheap enough and b) has enough personality to shine through a paint job. I have to just keep plugging away at CL.

      But sometimes… I wonder, “Will my buffet EVER come!?!?”

      Do you have pictures of your sideboard? I’d love to see it!

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