To save money, I've been scouring Craigslist and clearance departments for furnishings.
Here is the coffee table for our family room. Hubs picked it up on his way home from work for $15. (Craigslist)
I sanded and painted the trim and legs Satin white. It took me quite a while to sand the top...it had writing, some deep scratches and a lot of markings. I stained it but wasn't happy with the color...it was a lot lighter than I thought. So I spend 4 days scratching the stain off and trying a new color. I went with Ebony from Giddeb. It was a sample for it was only $3. I liked it better but I'm still not thrilled. I may cover it and make it an ottoman.
Here's the before
I made some pillows this weekend. (The butterfly one was from IKEA)