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The Ins and Outs of Resale Value

Before and after chunky furnitureShould You Pass Over Dark, Chunky Furniture?

I recently read an article on what’s hot and what’s not in the estate sale market. Nothing really surprised me – antiques will always hold value and the cheap, mass-produced crap from the last few decades should just be donated. I had to laugh when they specifically mentioned dark, chunky furniture. The photo above is one of two dark chunky tables that my son insisted on garbage picking from neighbors down the street. I so didn’t want the tables – to the point that I sat on the porch while my son carried them down the street by himself. He even was so insistent that he cleaned them, too. After a week in my garage, I just couldn’t bring myself to return them to the garbage.
So I pulled out my paints and got to work.

Borrow Some Furniture Inspiration

With some inspiration from a Pottery Barn catalog I went at this with higher than normal expectations. Yes, I seriously ripped this image from a picture of bed sheets. I used baseboard paint for the table, and a light mocha wall paint for the birds. Then I mixed up a dark brown from some acrylic paint tubes I have for crafting. These tables now reside on either side of my bed. I’d say they are no longer a throw-away item.

The moral of the story – even if you have some dreadful, outdated furniture item, you can always bring it up in value with a little creativity. And if all else fails…put a bird on it!

Update: I sold these tables for $40 to a woman who loves them.

What are your favorite furniture details?

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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