Tree stumps, used individually or clustered together, function as low tables in a living room. A coat of enamel paint applied to the tops serves a dual purpose: It adds a jolt of color and creates a smooth, sealed surface.
A wooden pot-lid rack is ideal for holding mail; all it needs is a fresh coat of paint. For easier viewing, place smaller items, such as letters, bills, and postcards, near the front, and larger catalogs and magazines toward the back.
In a living room, matching paint and fabric unify two different stools. The taller one started out as a plain black metal frame, most likely the base for a tile- or stone-topped table. With a thin cushion, it becomes soft enough to be a seat and firm enough to hold a coffee cup on a saucer. The smaller of the two, with boldly turned legs, is a William and Mary revival footstool.