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Saturdays are for Coffee + Craigslist

Since the furniture business has been kicking into gear, my once casual, loungy Saturdays have been bustling with furniture buying and selling and painting and hunting and TOOMANYTHINGSWITHFURNITURE. [head 'splodes]  But I've got to get while the getting's good, so as you read this, I'm probably out doing one of the above verbs! But before I left for the day, I had to post about my latest paint baby... [find her on CL too!]

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She's a solid girl [solid oak, to be precise], and because she's so heavy, I decided to go with a light, airy gray color. Because some of her lines evoke an art deco feel, I decided not to distress this piece.  So she's got nice, clean brush strokes and a matte waxed finish. 

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I styled her as a console table for a living space or sideboard for a dining room, but she's pretty flexible too [solid and flexible? Well hey now...], so she can work in almost any room. Since there's space beneath the table top, which is perfect for placing a couple pretty storage bins.  I used a couple woven bins I had on hand, but some colorful ones from Target could be cute, or maybe a vintage, rustic crate could work nicely. 

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Although I styled it differently for the photoshoot, I really see this as a perfect TV console, since it's got a nice, wide top and since it's so sturdy, it can hold up any size TV. Are you the party house? Maybe make this your bar area, place a metal bin with ice below + fill it with beer, and have your liquors and glasses up top, perfect! Over the whole party animal thing? It would be just as awesome in a kid's room as a storage unit [books and stuffed animals on top, toys and art supplies on the bottom? It can actually work as a desk surface for kids, since it's a bit lower than your average desk [average is 30", this is 27" high]. 

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I got a little carried away with the photos of this one, but I just loved how my old wooden spools looked against the gray and how my little pops of orange and the wood tones brought out the warmth in this paint color.  

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Interpret this baby how you'd like, but I just love how it turned out [it was pretty 80's oak-tacular before!] and now it's a really classy looking piece of furniture.  

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PS- Yellow and gray are BFFs.  They just are.