Both pieces need a good cleaning. They're not filthy, just spotty. I think I'm going to try using some sort of spot cleaner. Any suggestions? My father-in-law suggested I take them to the car wash. He did that once with a couch he had and it turned out beautifully. So...maybe if the spot cleaner doesn't work you'll see me at the car wash sprayin' these puppies down:)
And this is the other side of our living room. We brought up the two chairs from our finished basement. (It's always cheaper to go shopping in your own home!) I think they look good and are really functional there. I stuck the lamp on top of the dresser cause we have no other lighting in our living room currently. We're working on getting recessed lighting in there. I'm picturing a collection of white ceramic things on top of that old dresser. Like vases or something. Speaking of that old dresser, I've loved that thing for forever. Seriously, when I was a little girl growing up in South Jersey (I was probably around 7-8 yrs old), a family gave that dresser to us. And it's always had a soft spot in my heart. So now it resides with us. Just not sure if it's going to stay in this spot or not. I have a smaller sofa table that I want to try there before I decide.
So there ya have it: my "new" living room furniture. Can't wait to get started on pillows for the couch (think bright, fun, and cheery), painting the walls (a similar color, just less blue), and hanging (semi-homemade) art. I'll keep you posted! Just wanted to encourage you to not give up on Craigslist--it can work. My living room is living proof.