About 99% of the furniture in my house has come from Craigslist or garage sales. I can rarely justify buying something new when I can buy something used and for much less money and make it exactly how I want it. I’m not always sure what I’m going to do with a piece when I buy it, however. I usually let it sit for a little while until I finally decide what color/style I want something to be.
This particular piece I bought from Craigslist from a furniture staging company. It’s built on a wood frame so it’s very sturdy, but it seems to be made of some sort of molded plastic for all the decorative carvings, and the top of the coffee table was like some sort of fake leather with nicks in it. I knew I planned to paint it with home made chalk paint since it would adhere nicely to the weird plastic-like molding. But I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the top, since it had the nicks in the fake leather. It still wouldn’t look nice painted.