The Coveted Campaign

I scored, big time! I got this lovely Campaign chest for $50. A little more than I wanted to pay, but it's worth it. Pretty funny story: when I called the woman's husband answered, and when I explained I was calling about the ad I saw on Craiglist, he called me sir. ha ha. Also key element of the story--do not wait for the seller to email you back. If there's a number, call it! I have missed out on so many good finds by waiting...

Anyways, back to the chest. It could stand to be refinished, but for now it's hanging out as my little bar area in the dining room, alongside my other Craigslist score awhile back (the mercury glass lamps).

I'm not sure it's in the right spot, though. It's not a huge piece, but it does compete with all the other dark wood of the dining table and chairs and the tall bookcase (see third image).

Should it go here instead on its own wall?

I think it's a nice piece as is. There are definitely a few scratches, and I need to add the brass hardware to the right side (3rd drawer down), but overall it's in pretty decent shape. The top will be covered up anyways. What do you think, keep it au naturel or paint it white or a fun color? I already have a lime green couch and yellow curtains, so I don't want to go too bold!


  1. I'd definitely give it it's own wall. Especially if you plan to keep a pair of tall lamps atop it. Perhaps even take it more vertical and add a couple more pieces or art or prints to make it a real showpiece wall. Such a great find! For the color, I'd suggest you put it in place there, and then Photoshop the crap out of it to see it in other hues. I am almost always on the "LEAVE WOOD ALONE" crew, but some pieces really are better in color. Like this would probably be stunning in a jade lacquer finish with those brass bits au natural.

  2. Thank you, Bethany! I am going to have to play around with it, move it around the apartment a few times, then probably move it back to its original place. ha ha! Thanks so much for your comments and I love, love, love the idea of the jade lacquer finish. Woah!