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Ask Casa: Should I Buy This Furniture?

Hi Casa,

I saw this chair and sofa on Craigslist today. I love the lines and they would be fun for decorating my first real apartment I got after getting my first job out of ollege. Pink is not my most favorite of colors and I can't afford to have them re-upholstered. Should I tolerate the pink (it's kind of a dusty pink, no?) and maybe re-upholster down the line when I can afford it? If it would help, i live in an apartment in a renovated 1920s hotel. It also has great "bones," with molding, hardwood, and black and white tile in the kitchen. The walls are painted a warm beige/light creamy brown color.

To see my answer, along with a widget with my suggestions for re-upholstery fabric choices and textiles, just

Hi Mindbolt,

Wow, that's beautiful! I'm a big fan of the lines of those pieces as well, and, as the seller indicates, the color is more of a taupe than a pink, which I think you could minimize further by accessorizing with hip, modern throw pillows that bring out the taupe color rather than the pink. The furniture looks a little dated in the photo, but that's because it's surrounded by some kitschy elements and fabrics. Some contemporary touches would make all the difference.

Because this is classic furniture, you know that the bones are going to be solid—this is furniture that's stood the test of time. So re-upholstering it is a good option in the future if you want to spend the money down the line. Here's a link to approximate yardages for re-upholstering furniture, which you can consult when you begin to look for fabric.

What a great Craigslist find! I say go for it! I've added a widget with suggestions for throw pillows and upholstery fabrics, so check them out below.


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