Lining the shelves in countless junk shops and mission stores throughout the country are treasures: unique dressers, end tables, lamps, flower stands . . . you name it. Sure, they're not in the best condition all the time, but that's the beauty of paint: it doesn't matter what it looks like now; it only matters what it WILL look like with a coat of paint.
So, find the junk shops, the flea markets, the mission stores in your area and make a habit of swinging through them from time to time. Look for bargains and look with a vision for what's possible. Remember that the piece doesn't need to be flawless. Paint will cover over a multitude of sins. Look for interesting pieces, unique pieces, unusual pieces. And look for bargains.
And once you find them . . . snatch them up and start getting creative. To give you some food for thought, consider the following examples:
BOLD, CRAZY FLOWER STANDS
Maybe these are too bright for your particular taste . . . but don't write the idea immediately off. The value of painting bright colors on something like this is that it gives you an easy way to bring a certain color into your decorating that you'd otherwise struggle to use. For example, look at the reddish orange on the stands. It's not an easy color to work with. It's hard to paint an entire wall that color and get away with it. But if the rest of the room is painted in a washed-out yellow or a chalky blue . . . introducing that orange in small doses--as is the case with these pedestals--can be a great way to use it in the room without overpowering the room.
The basic point is this: look for ways to bring some color and interest into your rooms via furniture you may have purchased at a discount or at a mission store or junk shop. It's the perfect way to infuse your home with color, without going overboard or biting off too big a project. And, when you need a change, it's as easy as a quick repaint . . . or moving the piece to your basement!